According to information provided to The Brazil Times by the Brazil City Police Department, a local resident reported witnessing a man hit a bag against a telephone pole with allegedly three live cats inside around 9 p.m., Thursday.
While talking with a witness to the incident, Patrolman Elliott Mullinex was provided a description of the suspect and told the animals were thrown away in a nearby wooded area. A search located one dead kitten and another one, which received treatment for serious injuries. The current condition of the second animal is unknown by officials, who confirmed they were unable to locate a third animal.
Meanwhile, Mullinex, with assistance from another officer, identified a man in the area who matched the earlier description.
When officers approached Gregory Grant Grigsby, 25, Brazil, he ran away. After a short foot pursuit and struggle, Grigsby was taken into custody without further incident. He was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of cruelty to an animal.
However, after a case review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Grigsby was formally charged with class D felony killing a domestic animal and various misdemeanor charges of class A cruelty to animals, class A resisting law enforcement and class B public intoxication.
Appearing before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout Tuesday, Grigsby entered a not guilty plea. Trout appointed attorney Geoffrey Creason as public defender, scheduled a tentative trial date for July 26 and set a cash bond of $7,000 with no 10 percent allowed.
According to jail officials, Grigsby remains incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings.