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Man kills owner of dog who urinated on lawn

A former Marine known for taking great pride in his suburban Chicago lawn has been charged with fatally shooting a neighbor who let his dog urinate on the man’s front yard.

University Park, Illinois, resident, Charles Clements, 69, a former Marine, is being held on a $3 million bond in connection with the fatal shooting last Sunday of 23-year-old Joshua Funches, ABC News reported.

Patricia Funches, the victim’s mother, said Clements followed her son home, pulled out his gun, and shot him.

Police say Joshua Funches’ fox terrier urinated on Clements’ lawn, leading to an exchange of words between the two men. When police arrived at the scene, they found Funches bleeding on the ground in front of a vacant house.

Funches, a father of two, suffered a single gunshot wound in the abdomen, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Clements was famous for the upkeep on his well-manicured lawn, winning several local beautification awards. He kept a sign posted on his mailbox urging letter carriers not to walk on his grass.


Comment from Paul
Time May 14, 2010 at 9:57 am

If a few wretched square feet of green grass is your primary joy, you really need to get a life. Unfortunately for Mr. Clements, that option is now off the list for him, unless you count getting 25 years to life as getting a life. And of course he was a “responsible” gun owner— another sick American obsession.

Comment from mary lukowski
Time May 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I wish the BP CEO’s would be so concsious of the ocean around them…this is so senseless too…a life for a lawn….I think the guy lost his marbles….and back to the issue of hand guns…we know where this is going….but its more like and unstable man with a gun…so sad for the young man and family left behind…the man should pay for that family’s future as wll….

Comment from Laura Hudson
Time May 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

How pathetic to treat your lawn better than your own neighbor’s life!! My gosh he didn’t have to shoot the guy!!!

Comment from steph
Time May 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

i wonder how this guy feels after taking a young man’s life. What if it was his own son? I wonder if he would have still shoot.

Comment from Pakinpastor
Time December 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

It was NOT the gun that killed this young man. It was a derranged lawn owner!?! Witnesses said he went after theis young man, in the young man’s lawn, not his own! Funches told the man, “the next time you pull that gun, you should use it” so he did! He should get the death penalty for that. Life for life…