The moment I read this headline in the Houston Chronicle, I knew without a doubt that the dog in question was going to be a pit bull:
A 17-year-old Kingwood man has confessed to stabbing his next-door neighbors to death after the daughter and her elderly mother repeatedly complained about his pit bull puppy, the Houston Police Department said.
Joshua Ray Juarez was charged with capital murder Friday in the deaths of 53-year-old Deborah Maloney, and her mother, Lucy Maloney, 83, who were found slain in their Kingwood home in the 3100 block of Silver Falls on Wednesday afternoon by police.
After being taken into custody, authorities said the teen told investigators he and the daughter had ongoing problems concerning his pit bull puppy running loose in the neighborhood.
Juarez told investigators his dog entered the Maloneys’ backyard on the day of the slayings. He then knocked on their door and was given permission by Deborah Maloney to get his dog, authorities said.
After doing so, Juarez told investigators, he went back inside the Maloney home. That’s when Juarez and the daughter began to argue about the dog, police said.
Juarez told police he stabbed Deborah Maloney with a kitchen knife he carried at all times for protection. Lucy Maloney was stabbed to death after she walked out of her room to check on her daughter, said Sgt. Adolfo Carrillo with HPD’s homicide division.
There’s just something about pit bull owners…it’s a statement dog, and the statement that pit bull owners are trying to portray is almost always a negative one. Are there good pit bulls and good pit bull owners? Maybe.
But they’re not good dogs by nature, and the people who own them typically do so for the very wrong reasons. A lot of them are thugs and gangster wannabes like Joshua Juarez.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in February of 2005 that the Constitution forbids the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes. Which means that Juarez can’t be executed for his crimes…despite the fact that his crimes warrant the death penalty. I hope he never spends another day of his life outside of prison, and that his time inside is tortuously difficult.