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Wal-Mart Employees In Court Tuesday

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

UPDATE, TUE, 10:36 AM: Two former Wal-Mart employees, accused of killing a cat, make their first court appearance.

Police arrested 21-year-old Jeffrey Alex Hardin and 29-year-old Christopher Scott Anderson last week.

Deputy prosecutor Jonathan Parkhurst tells us they are still waiting on a completed case file from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's department, before they decide what happens next.

There is a chance the charges will be dismissed.

Wal-Mart store manager, Darrel Weitzel, told police he asked the employees to get a gun and get rid of the cat, after attempts to get it out of the food storage trailer failed.

In all, four Wal-Mart managers and an hourly employee have been fired. Walmart has not released the other names.

UPDATE, TUE, 6:40 AM: A pair of Evansville Wal-Mart assistant managers, charged with animal cruelty, are scheduled to be in court Tuesday morning.

The appearance comes in the wake of an incident in which they allegedly shot and killed a stray cat behind the east side Supercenter.

Last week, police arrested 21-year-old Jeffrey Alex Hardin and 29-year-old Christopher Scott Anderson. They're charged with felony animal cruelty.

Wal-Mart store manager, Darrel Weitzel, told police he asked the employees to get a gun and get rid of the cat, after attempts to get it out of the food storage trailer failed.

In all, four Wal-Mart managers and an hourly employee have been fired. Wal-Mart has not released the other names.

Hardin and Anderson are due in Superior Court at 9:00 Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart is donating $10,000 to two local animal shelters - VHS and Warrick Pet Adoption Center.

Previously: Two east side Evansville Wal-Mart employees have been arrested on felony animal cruelty charges, after they apparently shot and killed a cat living in a storage trailer behind the store.

The assistant managers told police they killed the cat after the store's manager told them to get rid of the animal.

Christopher Scott Anderson, 29-years-old, and 21-year-old Jeffrey Alex Hardin were released on their own recognizance, after a court appearance Wednesday.

A hearing was scheduled for January fourth in Vanderburgh Superior Court.

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman says the company is "outraged" by the incident, and all of the managers potentially involved in the incident, have been suspended without pay pending an internal investigation.

A truck driver reported the shooting to the sheriff's department, after he saw store employees placing what he believed to be a dead animal in shrink wrap, a day after he heard workers joking about shooting the cat.

Store manager Darrel Weitzel told police he had told some of his employees to get a gun and get rid of the cat, after repeated attempts to coax it from the trailer failed.

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