Pair facing animal cruelty charges for 'crush videos'

May 30, 2013 4:07:48 PM PDT
A man and a woman accused of making and selling animal cruelty videos faced a judge Thursday morning.

Prosecutors say Ashley Richards and Brent Justice tortured animals on camera for money in a genre known as "crush videos." The two were originally indicted on federal charges but a judge threw them out citing first amendment free speech rights.

The state re-indicted the pair on animal cruelty charges. They remained in the Harris County Jail Thursday evening.

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