Murder witness questioned about involvement in furry fandom
On February 25 (2011), the body of 18-year-old Jonathan Dargis, a resident of Zeeland, Michigan, was found buried in a wooded area near the mobile home he shared with his mother. He had died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma.
Joshua Hambley (also 18), an aquaintance of Dargis, was subsequently charged with his murder. Police and Ottawa County Prosecutor Ron Frantz allege that the motive was Dargis' alleged sexual assault of Hambley's 19-year-old ex-girlfriend.
The twist? The ex-girlfriend is also a furry, and it's come up in court.
The woman (unnamed for legal reasons) called Hambley during the assault and placed her phone on the speaker function so that he could pick up what was happening.
Though Hambley had a new girlfriend, the ex-girlfriend said she still wanted to be with him, and after the alleged assault she made out with Hambley in a bathroom of the former Zeeland Community Hospital (now City on a Hill Ministries). She said Hambley began to carry things too far for her and she told him to stop, saying it was just like "what Dargis did the day before".
Hambley's mother, who found the body and called authorities, said the day before the slaying her son had asked for plastic bags and a shovel. Hambley also allegedly called his current girlfriend and told her that it was taking longer than he anticipated to kill and bury Dargis.
Defense attorney Thomas Smith sought to discredit the evidence of the 19-year-old ex-girlfriend, grilling her on why she sent what appeared to be flirtatious text messages to Dargis after the alleged assault. The woman also admitted that she had told Hambley about the alleged assault in the hope of making him jealous. Smith also questioned the woman about "her identity as a 'furry'". She said she believes she is part horse and has adopted the furry name "Night Horse".