Man who allegedly punted cat ‘like a football’ found dead

Man who allegedly punted cat ‘like a football’ found dead

A South Pittsburg man found dead in North Alabama was previously charged with animal cruelty after allegedly punting a cat “like a football.”

Dejion “D.J.” Roberson, 21, was found dead in an isolated area of County Road 208 in Bridgeport.

The sheriff’s office determined the death was a homicide.

Roberson was arrested on Christmas Eve 2013 in McMinn County.

Several witnesses saw him carrying a cat by the neck and kicking it like a soccer ball, according to an incident report.

Roberson said the cat ran into his house and pounced on a small child.

Police asked to see the child in question and saw no marks or visible wounds.

The cat later died.

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