Laurel Hill man charged with battery and animal cruelty

SHALIMAR, Fla., March 19, 2018–A Laurel Hill man held in Walton County Jail is facing multiple charges in Okaloosa and Walton counties for crimes committed this month.


Michael Landis Reeves

Michael Landis Reeves, 22, is wanted in Okaloosa County in connection with an aggravated domestic battery charge on his father March 7 and a felony animal cruelty charge March 14.

In addition, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office charged Reeves with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Reeves, 57, said Michael cut his arm with a kitchen knife March 7 when he went in his son’s bedroom to calm him down after hearing him throwing things around.

When deputies arrived, Michael Reeves jumped out a rear window and ran into the woods.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office located Reeves March 14 at a home on Anice Lane in Laurel Hill and served him with a drug warrant out of Walton County unrelated to the March 7 incident.

Reeves was found with a 14-inch knife covered in blood as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies went to Reeves’ home on County Road 393 where his father said his son had been spending the past week alone.

They found every window and door had been barricaded.

A small black-and-white beagle mix puppy was found in a laundry room. Reeves’ father said the puppy was not his. The puppy was removed from the home by the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.

Deputies also found a large pool of blood inside a hallway with a trail to a bedroom.

The father’s dog, a 75-pound pit bull mix, was found mutilated in a bedroom. A blood trail led to the refrigerator where canine body parts were found inside.

Several tools, including knives, saws and a hammer believed used in the crime were also found at the scene.

Reeves now has active warrants in Okaloosa County for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, causing the cruel death with pain and suffering of an animal, resisting an officer without violence and felony violation of probation.

In September 2016, Reeves faced charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Okaloosa County. He was sentenced on battery, burglary and escape charges.

Staff and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office release

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