WHNT News 19 was told by investigators that the video was being shared through Facebook messenger with people on the social media platform, also in email and text messages.
53-year-old Guntersville man Van Christopher Havis, and 36-year-old Albertville woman Holly Renae Debord were placed under arrest on Thursday, January 16, after they and the victim were identified by investigators. Mr. Havis has a bond amount set at $250,000 and is being held on it. Debord’s bond amount has not been set yet.
Investigators held a news conference on Friday, January 17, and said a mentally disabled person was involved in the video.
“This is a different, unique type case from what it involved. I’m sure one of the charges is not what you often hear, called bestiality. I’ll just say it involves a domesticated animal and leave it at that,” Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims said in a statement.
The victim was acquainted with Havis and Debord according to what Sheriff Sims told WHNT News 19.
WHNT News 19 was also told that Sodomy in the first degree is a Class A felony, and is punishable by 10 years and up to life in prison, depending on if there is a prior criminal history and convictions.