David Huckabee and Clayton Fraday animal cruelty case
Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
David Huckabee, 17(1) Scout counselors kill dog while at a boy scout camp

Hatfield, AR

Polk County

July 11, 1998 St. Petersburg, FL
Clayton Fraday, 18 Scout counselors kill dog while at a boy scout camp

Hatfield, AR

Polk County

July 11, 1998 Texarkana, AR
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Misdemeanor

(1)possession of a firearm at Little Rock's airport

1 dog not charged  

Huckabee, age 17, claims to have found an emaciated and mangy dog at Camp Pioneer, a boy scout camp, when he was working as a councilor.  Huckabee claims that he felt the humane thing to do was kill the dog so he threw the dog over a railing to a 20 foot drop when that didn't work he slit the dog’s throat, stoned and hung the dog.  Fraday, age 18, of Texarkana, claims to have come across this after the dog was hung and then attempted to help Huckabee put the dog out of its misery. 

Huckabee is the son of former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.  Huckabee and Fraday were fired from their jobs.  Fraday's father Danny, when interviewed said his son did nothing wrong because killing a stray dog that has become a nuisance is common in rural areas.

In a letter dated 12/1/98, Philip D. Bevin’s from the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America wrote that Boy Scout officials appropriately handled the unfortunate incident at the camp...the boys were dismissed.  The letter also stated that a cornerstone of scouting is the commitment to be kind and to seek to instill values in young men to respect people and animals and that the young men's behavior was not consistent with the Boy Scout mission.  David Huckabee went on to become an Eagle Scout.

Marcal Young, the scout executive of the Caddo Area Council that operated the camp never reported the incident to the Polk County Sheriff's Office where a complete investigation of this horrific crime should have taken place.  Instead he only fired Huckabee and Fraday.

Then Governor Huckabee acted unethically and obstructed the police investigation and fired the prosecuting attorney who requested a complete investigation by the state police.  John Bailey, then the director of Arkansas state police stated that Governor Huckabee's chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor's request.  Bailey viewed the lawyer's intervention as improper and terminated the conversation. 7 months later, he was called into Huckabee's office and fired.

 Photo courtesy of Arkansas State University David Huckabee in 2001 was named Homecoming King at Arkansas State University.  Huckabee seen here with Ellen Morgan at the time was a senior political science major and president of the Union Advisory Board and former president of the Student Government Association.  Huckabee was also selected as the Chi Omega sorority "Man of the Year).

While Union Advisory Board President of the Student Government Association, Huckabee operated 2 business' H&K Enterprises and Pyro-Erectus and received more than $5,000 for services.  The problem was that the businesses were not licensed to operate according to Section 4.04.01 of the Business Licenses and Regulations for Jonesboro.  The fine for not having a business license can cost up to $500.00.

H&K Enterprises provided cotton candy and Sno Cones for $1415 and $690 for pens as giveaways during Welcome Week at the School.  Pryo-Erectus was paid $3,000 for building and lighting the Homecoming bonfire.

Huckabee brought the businesses into compliance by paying a $62.50 fine by paying in 6,250 pennies, which took more than 45 minutes to process.

Update 4/26/07:
  Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Sheriff  Huckabee, age 26 was arrested at Little Rock's airport after a x-ray detected a loaded .40 caliber Glock pistol in his carry-on luggage (8 rounds were in the gun along with a 9-round clip in the luggage). In Little Rock District Court after being charged with possessing a weapon in a prohibited place, Huckabee plead guilty and was given a 1-year suspended jail sentence and ordered into 10 days of community service, which he can avoid by paying $100.    Huckabee will also be on probation for a year and must pay the fines and court costs totaling $605.00.

Huckabee holds a concealed weapons permit, but state police took steps to revoke it.  The Arkansas State Police suspended Huckabee's concealed weapon permit and once he receives word from the court about the guilty plea, it will convert the suspension to a permanent revocation.  The law states if you have a weapons-related violation on your record, you will be barred from holding a permit for 5 years.  Huckabee then can reapply in 2012.

Reference:

Crooks and Liars

Corrente Wire

The Herald of Arkansas State University

The Washington Post

Dogster's

digbys blog

The Animal Legal Defense Fund

Newsweek

The Boy Scouts of America

The Pensitor Review

ABC News

The Associated Press

The Morning News

KTHV

Fox News

The Pulaski County Sheriff