A convicted killer is behind bars after police say the Greenwood man beat his roommate's dog with a baseball bat in front of several witnesses, including children.
Arthur Monroe Hevel, 42, faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, terroristic threatening, aggravated assault on a household member and disorderly conduct. He is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
Greenwood police were called to the Sonic parking lot on Center Street where eyewitnesses reported seeing Hevel chase the dog around the neighboring yard then hitting the dog repeatedly with a baseball bat.
(See police video from the incident in the report above the story)
Witnesses said they pleaded with Hevel to not hurt the dog, and he yelled obscenities at them. Witnesses told police Hevel then picked the dog up by its legs and threw it over the fence into the Sonic parking lot.
"His criminal history does show that he did have a murder charge in there from 1987," said Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson.
Authorities said Hevel served 10 years in prison after a murder conviction dating back to the 1980s in Oklahoma.
Officers said when they arrived, Hevel immediately raised his hands in a surrender position and admitted to beating the dog. When asked why he killed the dog, Hevel responded, "Because I'm a cold-blooded killer."
Officers said they found the dog under a garbage bag in the Sonic parking lot. The dog was still alive but was too severely injured to be saved so they were forced to put it down.
Police reports say Hevel threatened his roommate with the same bat before attacking his dog.