Murder charge for man in shooting over loose dog

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WALLED LAKE, Mich. (AP) Suburban-Detroit authorities have filed a murder charge against a man they say shot a neighbor who complained about his loose dog.

Twenty-eight-year-old Charles J. Simkins of Walled Lake was arraigned Thursday on open-murder and firearms charges in the killing of Edwin Criswell.

Authorities say the 45-year-old Criswell confronted Simkins on Tuesday night about Simkins' dog getting into Criswell's yard.

Investigators say neighbors complained about the dogs in the past.

Novi District Judge Dennis Powers ordered Simkins jailed without bond. The next court hearing is Monday.

Defense lawyer Todd Flood says his client is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Fallujah, Iraq, and was discharged in 2008. He says Simkins has no criminal record.

An open murder charge means a jury could consider either first- or second-degree murder.

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