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Muskogee pair charged after puppy slain, skinned

MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: June 19, 2009 at 12:29 am •  Published: June 19, 2009
MUSKOGEE — A Muskogee woman told investigators she planned to make a belt out of the hide of a puppy she and a friend are charged with killing and skinning, officials said.

Krystal Lynn Lewis, 23, told authorities she decided to kill her Jack Russell terrier puppy, named Poplin, because she couldn’t afford to care for it, Muskogee County sheriff’s deputy George Roberson said.

Investigators think a more likely scenario is she killed the dog because it was a gift from a female ex-lover with whom she doesn’t get along, Roberson said.

Lewis’ friend, Austin Michael Mullins, 26, shot the puppy 10 times on June 9 with a .22-caliber pistol at a park near town, Roberson said. Lewis then skinned the puppy at her apartment and nailed the hide to a board, authorities said. A caller alerted authorities with a tip.

A Muskogee County judge ordered mental competency testing for the pair, whom prosecutors charged Tuesday with one felony count each of cruelty to animals, court records show.

Mullins and Lewis were being held Thursday in the Muskogee County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, a spokeswoman said. has disabled the comments for this article.