Wichita man pleads guilty in killing after dispute over dog

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 32-year-old Wichita man has pleaded guilty in the killing of a man after a dispute over which of them owned a pit bull.

The Wichita Eagle reports Justin Rourke pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for the death of 41-year-old Roman Padilla. He had been initially charged with second-degree murder.

According to police, Rourke and others went to Padilla’s home on June 11 to retrieve a pit bull he believed belonged to him. Authorities say that during an argument, Rourke pulled out a gun and shot Padilla in the chest. They say he also shot and killed the dog, which apparently charged.

Rourke’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 16.



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