Man charged in slaying after dog bite faces judge

August 18, 2011 5:40:38 AM PDT
A man accused of shooting and killing a man over a dog bite made his first court appearance overnight.

Walter Hinton left court overnight and headed to jail, but it was during his brief appearance before the judge that we learned new details about what happened after that dog bite and minutes before police say he pulled the trigger.

Hinton, 38, stood in silence as prosecutors recounted last week when Hinton attended a party in the 3,000 block of Truxillo and was bitten by a dog.

According to witness statements, Hinton went looking for the dog owner, 60-year-old Robert Jones, then called his girlfriend to meet him at a gas station with his pistol. According to court document, Hinton then returned to the scene, telling people about the dog bite. Police say the victim was sitting outside when Hinton showed up.

"The male identifies the defendant, then brandish a pistol and says 'I'll show you' and began to fire," said a prosecutor. "The complainant was shot multiple times during this offense. There was also a text message from the defendant to a witness saying, 'I didn't mean to, call me when you are by yourself.' The complainant was pronounced dead at the scene."

Two others were caught in the crossfire. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Hinton was arrested five days later. He is charged with murder. His bond is set at $100,000 and he's expected in criminal court later today.

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