District Attorney Will Pursue Justice for Duck Beaten To Death By College Men In Tallapoosa County, Alabama

Muscovy duck

On May 5, 2019, Thomas “Landon” Grant, a 19-year-old former college student, and 19-year-old Jacob Thomas Frye, went to the pond at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, in Tallapoosa County, looking for an animal to abuse following a party.

Alexander City police Det. Robert Oliver said they and others grabbed a white Muscovy duck and “beat the duck with a bat,” then took the duck to a nearby apartment, put the beaten duck in a bag, beat the duck more, then disposed of the wounded, still living bird in the woods.

A baseball coach, overhearing a commotion, found the beaten duck in the woods, and took her to a veterinarian to be euthanized. The coach notified the authorities.

Thomas “Landon” Grant was arrested on May 31st and booked into the Tallapoosa County Jail on a Class C felony charge of aggravated cruelty for the “infliction of torture to the animal.” We understand that Jacob Thomas Frye has also been charged.

On July 2nd, we posted an internet alert urging our supporters to urge the District Attorney of Tallapoosa County, Alabama to prosecute the two men who savagely beat this duck with a baseball bat on May 5th.

We are pleased to share with you the encouraging response we received from District Attorney Jeremy Duerr: “Please let everyone know that I intend on seeing this case through till the end. . . . The cases will go to the next available Grand Jury here in Alexander City, and if they [the accused] are indicted, they will be set on the trial docket. Thank you and everyone for your letters of support. I have full intentions of seeing the 2 men are punished for what they did to this poor defenseless animal.”

Mr. Duerr said in his message that he and his 5-year-old son go often to the college pond where the duck had been living peacefully, to feed the ducks and spend time with them, “as do many people in our community.”

We are extremely grateful to Mr. Duerr for his sensitivity to the situation, his commitment to prosecuting the case, and his kindness in letting us know that he values the outpouring of support. We will update everyone as new information on the progress of this case is available.