Man Admits to Running Over Estranged Wife's Chihuahua

Surveillance footage captured the sequence of events leading up to the crime

By Andrew Lopez
|  Friday, Apr 25, 2014  |  Updated 4:23 PM EDT
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Police: Video Shows Driver Intentionally Run Down Dog

Hawthorne Police Department

Police identified 45-year-old Hawthorne resident Michael David Parker as the driver behind the wheel of a car that apparently struck and killed a Chihuahua in an alley on Dec. 28, 2013.

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Video Shows Driver Run Down Dog

A surveillance camera in an alley captures a man allegedly releasing a small dog from his car before reversing and driving forward, running over the dog. Police say the man intended to kill the dog by running it down. This video shows the moments before impact.
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A Sherman Oaks man is expected to be sentenced to more than a year in state prison after admitting to intentionally running over his estranged wife’s Chihuahua in January.

Michael David Parker, 45, pleaded no contest to one count of animal cruelty and told prosecutors that he used his car as a deadly weapon, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators arrested Parker in January on suspicion of killing the dog and placing it in a trash bag. Surveillance footage captured the sequence of events and became an important piece of evidence in the case.

Parker could be seen getting into a dark-colored car as the dog, named Cow Cow, made its way to the front of the vehicle. Parker then backs up in the car before speeding towards the 5-year-old Chihuahua.

Investigators charged Parker in March.

Parker is expected to be sentenced on April 28 in Los Angeles. He will likely be sentenced to 16 months in prison and have the remaining counts of animal cruelty and petty theft of a dog to be dropped, the statement said.

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