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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Fatally Shooting Ex’s Dog

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INDIO (CBS) — A man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend’s pit bull pleaded not guilty Monday to four felony charges.

Raymond Alfred Espinoza is charged with cruelty to an animal, shooting at an inhabited residence, being a felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm. According to prosecutors, the 35-year-old has two prior felony convictions.

Palm Springs police say Espinoza entered the home of Joyce Brightwell just before 4:30 p.m. on May 16, and shot her pit bull, which was later found dead on the kitchen floor.

“The dog had been shot several times with an unknown firearm,” Palm Springs police Sgt. Paul Abshire said.

Sheriff’s Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela says Espinoza was arrested Thursday at a Motel 6 in Rancho Mirage after contacting dispatchers to say he wanted to turn himself in.

Espinoza, who is jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail, is due back in court June 6.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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