Former Blinn Student on Trial for Animal Cruelty

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It's an animal cruelty case that shocked the community, a prized horse brutally killed and two local college students accused of the crime.

Now, one of the men suspected in the slaying is on trial.

Opening statements were heard Tuesday morning in the case of 22-year-old Kenneth Peterson. The former Blinn student faces animal cruelty and criminal mischief charges.

Peterson is accused of beating the horse with a mallet before cutting its throat. His friend, Water Williams allegedly stabbed the horse in the chest with a broken golf club.

Williams, a former Texas A&M student, is awaiting trial for the same charges.

Peterson's trial continues Wednesday morning.