A Georgia man is facing murder charges after an altercation over dog poop turned deadly. According to WYFF News, 46-year-old Larry Russell Bates allegedly shot and killed his neighbor, 44-year-old Paul Allen Wilson, and one of the Wilson family’s dogs, early Sunday morning.
Bates was said to be “obsessed” over dog poop being left on his yard. The victim’s wife, Beth, has stated that Bates had been harassing them for months about dog poop in his yard, but she denies that her family’s dogs were allowed to defecate on the man’s property.
Wilson had just gotten home from work and was walking two dogs when things turned deadly – Wilson was shot in the torso and head, a dog named “Scooter,” suffered fatal gunshot wounds as well. On a GoFundMe account established after the shooting, a statement from the family is posted – it reads in part:
The neighbor thought Paul’s dogs were using the restroom in his yard and he wasn’t picking it up. He would wait and watch for Paul’s nightly walks with his dogs. After multiple confrontations, Paul even tried to settle the situation by offering to pick up any dog waste that was being left behind. There were several months of harrassment and seven separate police calls made about this neighbor by Beth and Paul to the local police department. It wasn’t enough.
The accused shooter is facing a charge of murder and animal cruelty – he was booked into the Barrow County Detention Center.
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