Marsha Mayo Williams, 55; Dana Lenelle Williams-King, 35; and Marissa Lee Studivent, 42, of Guilford County were indicted for cruelty to animals. The Grand Jury determined the women purposely tortured a critically injured dog named Nana by leaving it untreated in its cage.
A report by WFMY News2 stated Marsha Mayo Williams faced the most charges and was indicted on two counts felony Obstruction of Justice, one count of felony Possession of Schedule 4 Possession and one count of a felony to Maintain a Place For Controlled Substances. The Schedule 4 Possession charge involves Mayo Williams having drugs normally used on animals in her possession.
An investigation by Lexington County Animal Control officers led to a June investigation by the Lexington Police Department after a member of the police force learned Nana was still alive. In addition, multiple sick and severely injured animals were euthanized, yet no records of their treatment or sedation by a veterinarian were available.
The Lexington police investigation eventually involved state and federal investigations into both shelters. The Davidson shelter had more than 90 animals found dead in their kennels during the months of May and June. Since June, more than 100 animal cruelty charges were investigated regarding the shelter. Mayo Williams was the shelter director at the time under the United Animal Coalition. She was fired from her position in August.
District Attorney Gary Frank told the Lexington Dispatch that further charges were discussed, but is unsure whether the former shelter workers will face additional charges. The indictment and arrests are solely for the Davidson County shelter.