Accused Horse Killers Among Indicted

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Two college students accused of slaying a horse have been indicted by a Brazos County grand jury.

Blinn student Kenneth Peterson, 21, and Texas A&M student Walter Williams Jr, 20, were indicted Thursday on one count each of cruelty to animals and criminal mischief.

According to police, Peterson and Williams went for a walk in the woods near Wellborn, armed with a polo mallet and golf club. A witness told police the two men climbed a couple of fences before chasing the horse out of view. That witness said Williams later returned and announced that Peterson had killed a horse.

According to the witness, he and Williams found the collapsed horse bleeding profusely from the neck. Williams then allegedly stabbed the horse in the chest with a broken golf club to quote "put him out of his misery."

Also indicted, Bobby Ray Tates, 53, on one count of murder. Tates is accused of shooting his wife on August 25. She died as a result of those injuries in October.

If convicted, Tates could face up to 99 years or life in prison.