Man arrested for fatal shooting of homeless man’s dog

A North Carolina man has been arrested for the fatal shooting of a homeless man’s dog. As reported by WFXR News, Markus Connelly turned himself into the Burke County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. Connelly is facing multiple felonies for killing DJ Diamond, a pit bull who acted as a therapy dog and friend to Bennett Deyton.

The brazen shooting happened last Sunday afternoon in front of Jerry’s Neighborhood Store in Morgantown. Deyton is gutted by the cruel shooting. He recounted what happened after Connelly retrieved a gun from his car and walked over to his dog:

He said, ‘This is what happens to dogs,’ and after I begged him please don’t shoot my dog, he was looking at me, he didn’t even look down, he just fired, hit DJ in the back. I just cried, more because the action, the violence behind the way it happened.”

DJ’s killer has a lengthy criminal history, and this month’s incident adds to his list of crimes. He is facing charges of: possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of felony cruelty to animals.

(Screenshots via WFXR News)


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