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DALLAS — Dallas police say a 47-year-old woman has told detectives she shot and killed her husband because he had been beating the family cat.

Authorities say Mary Harrison has been arrested and jailed on a murder charge in the slaying of her 49-year-old husband Dexter Harrison. She's being held on $100,000 bond.

Mary Harrison told authorities that the shooting Saturday occurred during an argument. Dexter Harrison was taken to a hospital where he died.

In a statement Sunday, Dallas police say Harrison told officers that her husband had been beating the cat.

Neighbors say the family cat recently went missing, Mary Harrison had posted signs about it disappearing and the pet eventually returned.

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  • DoyleV
    June 3, 2018 at 3:40 p.m.

    Don’t blame her!!!

  • AuntPetunia
    June 3, 2018 at 3:46 p.m.

    The husband was committing a felony and, as such, was responsible for any deaths that occur as a result of his actions. Therefore, he is the only one to blame for his death. The lady deserves a medal.

  • skeptic1
    June 3, 2018 at 4:24 p.m.

    AuntPetunia..unfortunately dogs and cats under the law are considered property and the destruction of property only becomes a felony if the monetary value is significant. The laws need to change though because dogs and cats are family members.

  • ToTheLeft
    June 3, 2018 at 5:32 p.m.

    Good for her!

  • LR1955
    June 3, 2018 at 6:34 p.m.

    She coulda & shoulda just taken the cat & left her husband. Killing him was a lunatic move (her defense I’m guessing)

  • PopMom
    June 3, 2018 at 7:57 p.m.


    You are wrong. His beating the cat did not directly cause his death. Felony murder rules apply when the commission of the felony directly causes the death. As LR 1955 noted, the wife did not have to kill him; she could have just moved out with the cat. Even if he had been beating a child, she could only intervene at the time of the beating in defense of the person. You just can't kill people because they are mean.

  • kellyinlrarusa
    June 3, 2018 at 9 p.m.

    you go girl. dont blame ambien either, tell people what you done, and why. wish i could be on the jury. my pets are my kids.

  • carpenterretired
    June 3, 2018 at 9:20 p.m.

    Well at least the husband died in a traditional American passage.

  • dems869211090711
    June 3, 2018 at 9:55 p.m.

    Maybe she was under the influence of catnip.

  • AuntPetunia
    June 4, 2018 at 12:56 a.m.

    Thanks PM, It was a joke born out of wishful thinking. Animal cruelty is a felony, skeptic. I’d go with the catnip defense! 😂