One half of a couple charged with torturing and killing animals as part of a "crush video" business is expected to testify against her alleged partner.
Ashley Nicole Richards, 23, has pleaded guilty to three of five counts of animal cruelty and has agreed to testify against Brent Justice, the man who allegedly helped Richards record the mutilation of cats and dogs with a knife, hatchet and other sharp instruments, and selling the videos. No trial date has been set for Justice, 53, who was appointed a new public defender in March. Both Richards and Justice remain in Harris County Jail, in lieu of $50,000 bond each.
Justice's latest public defender, Allen Isbell, said he could not comment on his client's case because he hasn't yet had time to familiarize himself. But court records show that Justice is taking an active role in his own defense, having asked for and received additional time each week to visit the law library.