Florida man, Lawrence Chaz Graham arrested after killing his girlfriend’s puppy and dumping the dog on her doorstep with flowers after failing to return.
A Florida teen has been arrested after allegedly killing his girlfriend’s puppy in a jealous rage and dumping the dead animal on her doorstep along with flowers.
Lawrence Chaz Graham, 19, of North Lauderdale, was booked late Wednesday, hours after telling his 16-year-old girlfriend that he would kill the Shih Tzu mix puppy named Jordan that he bought her a year ago if she wasn’t home by 10:30 that morning, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
‘Thank God she didn’t come home, because who knows what he would have done to her,’ Detective Sira Arroyo of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office told the Sentinel. ‘She’s traumatized by the situation. It was a dog that she had for a whole year and cared for and loved.’
When the teen did return to her Pompano Beach home, she found the dog outside her front door with an electrical cord wrapped around its neck alongside flowers and the dog’s collar. A note was also near the front door.
‘Coulda Made It RIP Jordan,’ the note read.
Graham, an employee at Coconut Creek High School, also sent the teen a few text messages, admitting what he did after she ignored his demand to come home.
‘Okwen u get home he dead,’ Graham wrote in one message. ‘If u really loved him u would made it in time 2 save him … hope it was worth it.’
Graham admitted to investigators that he kicked the dog after arriving at his girlfriend’s home and not finding her there. He then slammed the animal on the ground before stuffing it into a trash bag while it was still alive.
Graham — who is listed in jail records at 6 feet 4 and 260 pounds — then choked the dog after it scratched a hole in the bag, leaving it to die as he waited for his girlfriend to arrive home, according to the arrest report.
‘I feel like he probably got upset with her, but that still doesn’t give him the right to touch the dog,’ the mother said.
Graham’s mother also told a judge that the allegations weren’t consistent with her son’s past behavior, according to WSVN.
‘Good morning, Lawrence,’ she told him in court. ‘After they told me what you did, you hurt me so bad.’
Graham remained in custody Friday at the Broward Main Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.