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Stranger Than Fiction: More Tragic Than Tragedy Itself

July 18, 2011

Talk about a headline:

Woman shoots at puppy, kills husband instead

The detail is even more bizarre:

Witnesses tell police that the pit bull named “Cocaine” had lunged at some children and tried to attack them on Friday. The dead man’s son says the children were taken inside and his father picked the dog up.

It was then that police say Betty Walker fired twice, hitting the dog once and her husband once in the chest. Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula Green says the death of 53-year-old Robert Walker appears to have been accidental.

The dog is with animal control, and Ms. Walker will face a grand jury in HInds County, Mississippi.

But I do wonder what our friends who specialize in crime fiction would do with a piece like this as a plot core.

Condolences, of course, to the Walker family.

-bd

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