Harvey Willis Smith Jr. Filmed Suicide and Decapitation of Dog: Police

Harvey Willis Smith (Griffin Police Department)

Harvey Willis Smith. (Image via Griffin Police Department)

Authorities in Georgia have arrested a man accused of brutally killing his sister’s bull while she was away, beheading the animal, then filming himself playing. with its severed head. Harvey Willis Smith Jr. was arrested last month and charged with a more serious count of animal cruelty, police said in a statement. Press Release.

“This is one of the most disturbing cases of animal cruelty I have witnessed in over 30 years,” said Griffin City Sheriff Mike Yates said in the statement. “I cannot fathom the mind of an individual to act like that towards an innocent and defenseless animal.”

According to the Griffin Police Department, Courtney Smith on February 6 called authorities to report evidence of what she believes to be animal cruelty. GPD Officer Mathew Kerlin responded to the call and met Courtney, who allegedly showed him a series of gruesome photos and videos in which she claimed her brother killed her dog then dismembered it.

Courtney allegedly told police that in November 2019 she temporarily moved to New York and left her dog with her brother Harvey Smith. When Courtney returned to Georgia more than a year later, in March 2021, she said her brother no longer had her dog and she wasn’t sure what happened to the animal.

Some time after returning to Georgia, Courtney speak She needed a new phone and her brother gave her an old cell phone to use in the meantime. While in possession of her brother’s old phone, Courtney said she made a macabre discovery while going through his pictures and videos, some of which allegedly showed him. “kill the dog”, police speak.

“Courtney Smith described them showing the back seat of a car covered in blood, her brother holding a severed dog’s head, and a video of her brother holding the dog’s skull and move its jaws as if it were talking,” Press Release Statuses.

Police said that Courtney then confront her brother about what happened to her pit bull. He allegedly admitted that the dog in the photos and videos was Courtney’s dog, police continued. He even allegedly said he “helped the dog out of its miserable condition” in what Courtney described as “jokingly”.

Investigators obtained photos and videos from Courtney, which they say actually show the events she describes. Authorities said evidence showed the incidents took place at a property located in the 1000 block of Lake Avenue.

A detective contacted Smith regarding a separate case, but asked him about his sister’s dog during the interview. Smith is said to have told the detective he didn’t kill the dog. Instead, police say he claimed the animal was hit by a car. Smith allegedly added that after being hit by the vehicle, he “ate the dog,” according to police. However, investigators said that the photographic and video evidence reviewed “did not support his explanation of the incident.”

Police arrested Smith on February 15. He is currently in the custody of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office without bond, Prison records show.

[image via Spalding County Sheriff’s Office]

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