The incident began after Pierson, who was paid to walk Lawhorn's dog, lost the animal. Lawhorn accused Pierson of selling the dog for drugs. Lawhorn and Farthing forced Pierson into the car and brought Pierson to the basement of Farthing's home. There he stayed for two days duct-taped to a pole and severely beaten with wood. During the beatings, Lawhorn duct-taped a plunger to Pierson's face to muffle his screams. Lawhorn then took a gun, put it to Mr. Pierson's head, and threatened to shoot him if he didn't tell him where the dog was.
Pierson was accompanied to court by a uniformed officer. He is currently serving a six-month sentence at the Correctional Treatment Facility after pleading guilty on Nov. 7 to a breaking and entering charge.
The pit bull was found a few days later by the county dog warden.