A Pompano Beach man who had been out of jail on pre-trial release for alleged stalking and robbery charges is behind bars on an animal cruelty charge after authorities say he stabbed a python 19 times according to Fox News.com.
Jail records show 38-year-old Roy Strickland was arrested Tuesday on a charge of causing cruel death, pain and suffering to an animal. He's being without bond. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.
An arrest report states Strickland stabbed a friend's ball python 19 times, leaving the knife inside the reptile. He told deputies the snake was evil.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that during his court appearance Wednesday, Broward County Judge John Hurley said the snake died a slow death, and "it does seem like the violence was gratuitous." The snake, he said, was in a cage.
The paper reported that the snake was still alive when an animal control officer was called to the scene and it was later euthanized.