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Columbus crime: Hearing for man accused of killing puppy postponed until Wednesday

The preliminary hearing for Devon Bell -- a man accused of bashing his child's puppy to death -- has been postponed until Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Bell's hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Columbus Recorder's Court but the hearing was continued after witnesses failed to appear in court. Police said the witnesses had trouble finding transportation to the hearing.

Bell, 22, faces charges of of aggravated cruelty to animals, terroristic threats, obstructing police and disorderly conduct, according to jail records.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred Sunday evening at a home on Winifred Lane. According to police, Bell had an argument with his child's mother. During the dispute, he grabbed the dog by its hind legs and bashed it against the pavement three times.

“The puppy suffered severe injuries to his neck, spine and ribs,” police reported.

Bell ran from officers, who arrested him about an hour later at Blueridge Drive and Blueridge Court.

Investigators said multiple witnesses told them that during the altercation Bell “stood in the street cursing and using profanities as he killed the dog,” and he “threatened to kill all other animals in the yard.”

The Georgia law on felony aggravated animal cruelty states: "A person commits the offense of aggravated cruelty to animals when he or she knowingly and maliciously causes death or physical harm to an animal by rendering a part of such animal´s body useless or by seriously disfiguring such animal. A person convicted of the offense of aggravated cruelty to animals shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, a fine not to exceed $15,000, or both."

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