Crush Video Couple: Ashley Richards Expected to Testify Against Brent Justice (UPDATE)

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.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Contributor Craig Malisow covers crooks, quacks, animal abusers, elected officials, and other assorted people for the Houston Press.
Contact: Craig Malisow