Man accused of killing horse to plead not guilty

State attorney files criminal charges in hit-and-run involving horse

(Volusia County Jail)

The man charged with killing a horse and injuring her owner is maintaining his innocence, according to courthouse officials.

On Tuesday, the State Attorney's Office filed formal criminal charges against Christopher Todd, which include: killing of a horse, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of a crash with injury.

Hours later, Todd's attorney, Terrill Hill, filed a written plea of "not guilty," and asked to waive the arraignment.

Deputies said the incident began after a group of riders saw Todd, 21, speeding in the area and asked him to slow down.

It led to an argument with Todd cursing and one of the riders using a racial slur. That's when deputies said Todd sped off, made a U-turn and drove straight for the riders and their horses.

Chloe Sloan, 23, was thrown off her horse and onto the hood of Todd's truck.

Her horse, Ellie Mae, was killed.

A pre-trial date has been set for April 14 before Judge Randell Rowe.