In Barrow County, Georgia a 44-year-old man was allegedly shot and killed on Sunday while he was out walking his dogs. Auburn Police arrested Larry Russell Bates, 46, for killing Paul Wilson because of a suspected obsessive belief that Wilson let his dogs defecate in Bates’ yard.
According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, Bates, who lives in Auburn, is facing charges of felony murder and animal cruelty for shooting and killing Wilson and one of Wilson’s dogs. The victim’s widow, Beth Wilson stated Bates would repeatedly accuse her husband of letting their dogs use his yard as a bathroom. Beth stated it wasn’t their dogs, but had offered to clean his yard. For awhile, Beth thought the argument was over; after all the men had shaken hands two weeks ago, and both agreed to move on. The Wilson’s home is situated across the street from the residence Bates shared with his girlfriend.
Tragically on July 4, Wilson was shot in the head and torso and one of the family dogs were lying dead near 149 Crest Pointe Court. Beth rushed over to her husband as he took his last dying breath. A Go Fund Me account has been set up for Beth to help with funeral costs.
Bates is being held in the Barrow County Detention Center. Auburn Police Lt. Chris Hodge states the investigation is ongoing.
(Photo of Barrow County neighbor accused of killing man via screenshot Channel 2News)
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