The Associated Press, Aug 13, 2002 : 9:57 am ET
WENTWORTH, N.C. — Two teenagers accused of sacrificing a live cat during a satanic ritual have been indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury.
Rockingham County sheriff’s investigators say Rocky L. Thomas, 19, and Derrick Smith, 17, both of Mayodan, killed the gray and white cat in September 2001. Both are charged with felony animal cruelty.
The cat’s death was discovered several months later when Smith wrote a school paper detailing how they nailed the cat to a tree, gutted it and beat it with a stick “until the cat’s inside’s came out,” court records said.
Thomas and Smith were arrested in March. No court date has been set.
The two are “into satanic worshipping,” investigators said.