Collin J. Beesler

A cat’s accused killer is set for trial Dec. 12-13, a circuit judge decided last week. 

Collin J. Beesler, 17, appeared last week for formal arraignment in Texas County Circuit Court.

Beesler is charged with animal abuse/torture/mutilation while the animal was alive. The incident occurred in late June at Cabool.

The cat, Tinkerbell, died last month due to infection caused by burns over most of her body. The case drew much publicity and sparked the creation of a Facebook page that drew comments from across the country. A memorial to the cat has been developed at The Animal Shelter of Texas County east of Houston.

Beesler, who remains free on bond, is no longer under electronic monitoring, but must meet strict guidelines and curfew, the judge decided.

Another teen was referred to juvenile authorities.


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