by Nick Beres
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A woman, who admitted to shooting and killing a dog, has been charged with a class E-Felony. It's now a rare animal harm case that's actually headed to court.
The question: Was the shooting of a neighbor's dog justified?
There's a growing issue of whether a key witness in the case has been threatened not to testify.
Carolyn Layne said she would let her hound, Tinker roam her 50 acre Rutherford County horse farm before dinner, but one night, he didn't come home. That's when a friend knocked on her door.
"I said ‘where's my dog? Is he dead?' And he said ‘yes,'" said Layne.
It turns out one of Layne's neighbors, Jacklyn Everson, shot the dog.
"I was just doing what I thought was right," said Everson.
She said Tinker had strayed onto her property and was growling and snapping at her. She felt she had no choice but to shoot the dog to protect her and her family.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputies investigated and arrested Everson for Intentional Killing of an Animal, a class E-Felony.
Layne said she wants to push the case to court. Everson said she's ready.
"I'm going to represent myself and make them look like an idiot. She can't have her dogs terrorizing people," said Everson.
A witness, who asked not to be identified, was there the day of the shooting. She's been subpoenaed to testify against Everson and said the dog was not aggressive.
In a twist, that witness has now filed a report with the Murfreesboro Police Department, claiming that Everson and her boyfriend have threatened her. She claimed they told her if she testifies "she will get what's coming to her," and that she needed to "watch her back."
Everson strongly denied making any threats.
"We take allegations of threats very seriously," said Kyle Evans, with the Murfreesboro Police Department.
Evans said police will not tolerate intimidation of witnesses.
Everson is cooperating and so is Layne, who believes her dog was needlessly killed.
"Tinker was my baby," said Layne.
Murfreesboro Police are still investigating the threat allegations, but no additional charges have been filed.
The criminal case for shooting the dog goes to trial at the end of April.