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Arsenio Williams, 29, James Callis,31, Gary Phelps, 50 and 54-year-old Avery Bell, 54 were indicted by a Cheatham County grand jury and arrested Monday, six weeks after 60 dogs, many of which, showed signs of dog fighting, were removed from Bell's Ashland City home.
All four face 60 counts of animal cruelty, one count of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of dog fighting.
Bell, who the TBI says is the owner of the home where the dogs were found November 22nd, faces those same charges and has also been charged with setting fire to personal property and burning without a permit.
The TBI says Bell is suspected of starting a fire near his home that got out of control. The firefighters that responded found the dogs chained in the woods behind the home.
Kristin Helm, spokesperson for the TBI said the indictments are the result of a number of different agencies working together.
"It really is an amazing set of circumstances that when you find this many animals in the deplorable conditions that they were living in," Helm said. "Officials from all different areas of expertise, law enforcement, fire, animal control can come together to make sure the dogs are taken care of and the people responsible are held accountable."
Dog fighting is also a federal offense. Helms said it's unclear whether federal prosecutors will get involved.
Tuesday night, Callis and Williams were released after posting bond. Phelps and Bell were still behind bars at the Cheatham County Jail.
All four are scheduled to face a judge in Ashland City on February 11.
Wednesday, January 9 2013, 07:06 AM CST
Police charge 3 in transplanted NC woman's slaying
May 22, 2013 10:57 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina police say they've found no prior connections between a woman killed in her apartment and three people charged with murder.
Raleigh police detectives said Wednesday they've charged the suspects with killing Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones days before her 31st birthday last week. Huggins-Jones had moved to Raleigh two weeks earlier from Cleveland, Tenn. for a new job and a fresh start. She was originally from Elizabethtown in Bladen County
The suspects in custody are 23-year-old Ronald Lee Anthony Jr., 18-year-old Sarah Rene Redden and 20-year-old Travian Devonte Smith. All three are facing murder charges and are in the Wake County Jail.
Huggins-Jones' 8-year-old daughter found her mother covered in blood inside their new home and sought help from construction workers building apartments in the complex.
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