Convicted Killer Beats Dog With Baseball Bat, Police Say

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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.


  • Sarah 1

    Whatever is making so many people in our area act crazy and do violent acts against people and animals, please turn them in to authorities. To read the news, violence has become the normal code of behavior. Let it stop now with each one of us. If you know anyone doing harm to people or animals, turn them in, now, please?

    • Michael Norris

      In most cases, the police will do nothing to anyone unless they see the crime happening. I blame the upswing in violence to the surge in meth usage in the area.

  • Celeste

    How sad. And you know it is only a matter of time before a human being is killed by this person. Horrible people in our world.

    • Pennywise

      Agreed. Behavioral experts usually agree that people who abuse and kill animals will as readily abuse and kill other people.

  • lockyourdoors

    There’s a good chance this creep could have already killed a person(s) in this area and no one knows it. He just got caught killing a dog this time. But he is a danger to the public, I mean the lambs are still screaming in this guys head. He needs to swing from a rope like a bunch in this area. and now!! not 20 or 30 years later.

    I give up.

  • I am Anon

    America is an insane asylum ran by the inmates. No doubt this man has issues and needs to be punished for his crime and watched to ensure he doesn’t try this with a person. BUT to suggest a man be given death for the life of an animal is truly insane. I wonder which is crazier, the man who would kill a dog or a man who would kill a man for killing a dog. People and animals ARE NOT THE SAME!!

    • carol

      I would love to get a grip on him. he attacked a chihauhau. That poor thing was defenceless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Travis

      I definitely agree. I love animals, don’t get me wrong. Indeed, there is a HUGE difference between beating a dog and another human being to death. I do not consider this “murder” in our criminal justice system. Dog cruelty, sure, but not murder. Be realistic ladies and gentleman.

    • Lorri Pohl Rowlett

      You are wrong. I am sure the dog loved it’s life as much as a human does. The dog was innocent and its life was taken in a brutal manner. You suggest that it was somehow worth less because it was a dog, that makes me wonder how many lives you have taken because “they were not human”. I suppose you think, being a dog it did not feel pain or terror.

  • I am Anon

    I just went back and looked at 2 articles. One was a man who abused and killed a child and the other was 2 brothers that killed a young lady. There are double the comments on this article as on the other 2 combined. You animal lovers who think animals are equal to people are the real wack jobs.

    • Opinion

      People are not saying they are “equal”. They are making the comparison because both people and animals are equally “innocents”.

      • Pennywise

        Anyone who harms those who are smaller, weaker, and defenseless, be it an animal, child, elderly person, or woman is subhuman. No one here has said an animal’s life is worth more than a human’s, but let’s put this in a way you can understand: Let’s say this depraved monster is in a burning house and so is a another dog, and I can save only one of them. Dude’s gonna fry.

    • Sarah 1

      Of course your comments are yours but highly uncivilized in a normal code of behavior. This tragedy is exactly why we have law enforcement. Let’s all bring the level of hate down. It begins with us.

      • Joey Pitt

        He is a murderer , and now an animal killer – put a bullet in his useless head .Take a look at the world , if you think these killers are civil you are fooling yourself .

    • Mark Smith

      So Joey, you are a walking contradiction. You state the lack of civility of murders and at the same time propose we do away with our Justice system? You’re just as bad as the killers. Yes they are uncivilized. However, your assertion that we abandon one of the tenants of our Society is by definition uncivilized. Do you think before you spout vitriol or do you just repeat ignorant sayings you have heard? Crack abbook!

  • debbie mcadoo

    Talking about equality, I bet that little dog never killed a human being. I would choose the little dog anytime. This is not judgement or hatred. Which one would anyone choose to live in your neighborhood or home as roommate. Nice guy, I don’t think so! He will be judged my man made laws but, GOD will make the final judgement when that time comes!

  • mdj

    This so called man admitted he was a cold blooded killer. Treat him as such. Talk about equality, he is no more equal than a vicious animal. What a joke to the human race to say his life is more equal than this little dog. GOD help you! Hatred, NO! Common sense, yes!

  • bob

    Guess the guy hated dogs lol Some people who get out of prison after spending so long in there don’t know what to do in life and just want to go back sounds like the case to me. Bet this is the biggest news that greenwood had in a long time with there crooked cops and speed trap haven. Trying to get funds to build that new pig station there middle of town.

  • Spanky

    I have a chihuahua and to think that someone would do something like that to him breaks my heart but in front of young kids they will never forget that what ever happens to this low life of a man will never be enough. My heart and prayers goes out to this little helpless dog and to the young kids that seen this and to the mother of the kids . maybe the other men in jail will take care of him the same way they would if that was a child because who knows next time it might be a child. This just tells that every one needs to do their part and report all animal and child abuse so maybe one day are animals and children will be safe from people like him.

  • Tom Hoford

    [1] “Hevel was 16 years old when he shot his stepgrandmother, Florence Downing, 78, of Jay, in the heart as she slept. He wiped fingerprints from the weapon, then fixed a bologna sandwich before fleeing the mobile home with $120 of Downing’s money.

    In 1989, Hevel pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison.

    In 1996, then District Judge Sam Fullerton ruled Hevel was entitled to full credit for time served. He was released from prison and months later was charged with robbery and assault and battery on his mother, Sabrina Hevel, after grabbing her throat and threatening to kill her, a Delaware County information sheet shows.

    In a 1997 report from Eastern State Hospital, forensic psychologist Curtis T. Gundy told the court that Hevel posed a danger to himself and others. Hevel was committed to Eastern State Hospital and tested incompetent to stand trial due to psychotic symptoms associated with schizophrenia.

    While jailed in Delaware County, Hevel was charged in March 1997 with attacking another inmate with a broom. For that, he got a five year sentence with 15 years suspended. He served three of the five years and was released in 2000.

    In January 2001, Hevel again was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and malicious injury to property after breaking into a neighbor’s car. He was found incompetent to stand trial and transferred to Eastern State Hospital in Vinita.

    Hevel has written several letters to the court with claims of being immune from prosecution because he professes to be the president of the United States. At other times, Hevel maintains he is a professional wrestler.

    “He (Hevel) is evil, said Chris Ramsey, the former Delaware County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Hevel’s case. ”

    [1], website, Sheila Stogsdill and Penny Cockerell • Modified: July 2, 2005 at 12:00 am • Published: July 2, 2005

    • danny

      All this proves we do not have a “justice system”, we have a legal system.

      Justice would have been to put this guy away somewhere and never let him out again. Or, in the alternative, “put him down” since he cannot be helped and is a danger to the public.

      A legal system deems him incompetent to stand trial and then releases him and his violent nature on an suspecting public where he can continue his violent ways.

      “Capt. America is being torn apart, now he’s a court jester with a broken heart……”

  • Tom Hoford

    There is no truth in this world. TV shows fake murder cop shows round the clock. The popular video games are realistic enactments of crime, murder and war. With internet access a nut can find any number of articles posted to provide a reason his way of thinking is correct.
    I’m not advocating, just saying. For centuries the Bible was considered the truth. Yes, it has some controversial teachings. Yet, it’s message even in the simplest form, 10 commandments, teaches a form of right or wrong. After taking the bible and prayer out of schools, and diminishing it’s worth with laws banning it from events and courthouse lawns, etc..
    Again, Not advocating. Yet nothing replaced this. There is no counter balance anymore for many.

    Here’s an example where 5 young men think it’s ok to kill, for reason.

    LAWTON — Five young men have been charged in the killing of the father and brother of one of the men.

    Lawton police report Cody Davis, 19; Ethan Thompson, 19; Timothy Delahoy, 18; Thorsten Rushing, 18; and Wesley Bankston, 17, are accused in the shooting of Rushing’s father, 50-year-old Uwe Rushing, and brother, 14-year-old Stefan Rushing, on Jan. 20.

    Police found Uwe Rushing and Stefan Rushing dead from gunshot wounds in a house in the 1100 block of Columbia.

    Police Capt. Craig Akard said an 18-year-old man was in the house but was not shot. The victims were watching television when they were shot, police said.

    The man told police two gunmen, wearing dark sweaters and masks, entered the house through the back door and shot the victims. The man told police he was able to get a shotgun and shoot at the gunmen, Akard said.

    Thorsten Rushing and Thompson both were charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy in the deaths. Delahoy and Davis both were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of being an accessory to the killings.

    Bankston was charged in the case on Friday with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

    According to the police affidavit filed in the case, Davis and Delahoy tried to help Thorsten Rushing commit the crime at least three days before the double-homicide. After the first attempt failed, Thompson and the 17-year-old suspect reportedly assisted with the homicides Jan. 20.

    1., website, FROM STAFF REPORTS • Modified: January 31, 2014 at 6:56 pm • Published: January 31, 2014

  • nancy butler

    could not anyone step in to help this animal? This story breaks my heart. and yes, been there, in difficult situations……….

  • bob

    sum reason this guys mug shot reminds me of a dog lol stick a round brown nose on him and some ears and he would look like a dog

  • Sarah 1


    Read the bbc once before you pass your judgmental ways. If an opinion piece is ‘opinion or editorial’, they so advise. Otherwise find something on the website that is not factual. They are not left wing but
    once the UK votes on something, they let it go rather than bring it back up forty-seven times (healthcare). It is like abortion in the USA settled so many years ago, yet the right wing still try to control women’s bodies and then work to change the laws that women fought so hard for in the past.
    This is the downfall of the a republican party.

  • Cynthia

    Hey joey, how ’bout putting a bullet in the back of your head???? I know the circumstances surrounding this and YOU are an IDIOT and merely a grease spot and resource drainer. That goes for anyone else who rushes to judgment because all they can do is follow ever close to the cow’s a**s in front of them…..pathetic loser

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