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Alabama mother and son charged with murder in deadly confrontation over missing dog


An Alabama woman and her son have been charged with murder after an alleged argument over a lost dog escalated into deadly violence.

Both 24-year-old Shakeem Butler and his 56-year-old mother, Shana Muldrow, on Thursday appeared before Dallas District Judge Bob Armstrong, who set each of their bonds at $1 million. The duo were arrested Wednesday for the fatal beating of Joseph Minnifield, who police said were romantically involved with Muldrow.

Officers responded to reports of a possible assault victim recovering at the Vaughan Regional Medical Center around 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 20. When authorities arrived at the hospital however, the victim, later identified as Minnifield, had already died from his injuries.

According to court documents obtained by, the victim was dropped off at Vaughan regional in a Honda Accord, which was registered to Muldrow.

When she was questioned by police, she denied knowing Minnifield — instead, Muldrow claimed that she and another man were pulling into their backyard when they spotted a body in the middle of the street and decided to seek out help.

A witness at the scene, however, told authorities a very different story. They alleged Butler struck Minnified multiple times in the face while Muldrow hit other parts of his body.

The same witness said the conflict was sparked by the fact that Minnifield reportedly lost Butler’s dog.

The mother and son are currently behind bars at the Dallas County Jail and their preliminary hearings have been set for Oct. 29.