55-year-old Terry Washington from Austin, Texas was out fishing last month, when his friend hooked a snapping turtle.
When they got it out of the water, Terry beat it to death with a hammer, and when the cops arrested him for it, he tried to claim it was self-defense.
Apparently it was a pretty big turtle, about two feet long and 30 to 40 pounds. Terry says it lunged at him, but people who saw it say the turtle wasn’t being aggressive, and just wanted to get back to the water.
Two joggers who were running by got part of it on video, and apparently they’re the ones who called the cops. He’s facing a felony charge for animal cruelty, and the police tacked on a fine for hunting without a license.
Read the full story (and see the footage) at KXAN.COM