Monday, January 14, 2008

Suspected killer linked to animal abuse

The Tallahassee Democrat ran a story today about Gary Michael Hilton, the man who was arrested in connection with the death of a Georgia hiker. Hilton has also been named the prime suspect in the killing of a resident of Crawfordville, Florida. The article mentions a 2004 incident where Hilton was apparently seen beating a dog in the park. From the story:
An Atlanta man named William Brent told DeKalb County, Ga., police he had witnessed Hilton beating a dog in the park. On Aug. 10, 2004, Brent, 37, said he wrote down Hilton's tag number and then started walking home with his wife and two dogs.

Hilton got into his white Chevrolet Astro van, drove it toward them and abruptly slammed on the brakes. Hilton took Brent's picture and told him he was going to call the police on him. Brent told Hilton to go ahead and call the police.

Brent said he thought the incident was over, but then Hilton turned his van around and started driving behind the man's wife. She started running through the neighborhood, screaming, "Someone call the police on your cell phone. Someone is trying to run me over," according to the report.

Brent later told police he did not want to press charges because he already had a court date with Hilton about a dog getting beaten.

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