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Dog Dispute Prompts Murder

Associated Press - June 17, 2015 7:16 am

The man suspected of running over a Wichita police officer during a pursuit is now charged with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.

A 32-year-old Wichita man is charged with second-degree murder after a dispute over who owned a pit bull.

Investigators allege Justin Rourke shot and killed 41-year-old Roman Padilla last week. Police say he went to Padilla’s home to retrieve a pit bull he believed belonged to him and shot Padilla. The dog charged toward people on the victim’s porch and was also shot to death.

Rourke is also charged with animal cruelty and four counts of aggravated assault.

Rourke’s attorney, John Rapp, said Tuesday he’s eager to get to court to tell his client’s side of the story.

Rourke is being held in Sedgwick County jail on $500,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 30.

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Associate Press information from: The Wichita Eagle

 

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