According to an incident report, Stevenson went fishing with his wife, Latoya Silmon, and the dog near 8 Eula Lane on Sunday. Silmon told police that Stevenson had been drinking all day. They got into an argument, and she left the fishing spot.
Then, around 7:30 p.m., she heard five or six gunshots.
A deputy and a lieutenant talked to Stevenson, who denied killing the animal. A deputy wrote that Stevenson's breath smelled like alcohol, his speech was slurred and he couldn't keep his balance.
Later, the lieutenant talked to a family member, Margene Herron. She said she heard gunshots on Sunday night and walked outside. She found the dead dog next to Stevenson, who was holding a Taurus .38 special revolver.
The sheriff's office charged Stevenson, of Cohutta, with aggravated cruelty to animals, possession of a gun in the commission of a crime, discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and discharging a gun near a public highway or street.
He remained in the Catoosa County Jail this afternoon.
(Times Free Press - April 5, 2017)