A family says a man is dead because of a dispute about dog droppings.
Paul Wilson, 44, was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Barrow County.
Wilson’s wife says their neighbor, Larry Bates, kept wrongly accusing their dog of leaving feces in his yard. She said they offered to clean it up, even if it wasn’t their dog. (source)
According to the family,
Paul came home from work as he normally does and took his dog and his mother-in-law’s dog on a walk. While on that walk his life was taken by a senseless act of violence by their neighbor. The neighbor, who we will not give the dignity of naming, shot Paul in the head and torso killing him and his mother-in-law’s dog. Beth heard the shots and ran outside to find Paul laying on the sidewalk. She called 911 and a neighbor assisted her in getting the paramedics and cops to the scene. Unfortunately, it was too late and he died in her arms there on the sidewalk.
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. (source)