On April 1, 2009, Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell was dealt with another blow, after his beloved dog Dasy was shot and killed by a passing car.
This week, two suspects involved in Dasy’s death have been declared guilty – the other by entering a guilty plea to the charges leveled against him, while the other was found guilty by a jury in Walker County, Texas.
Suspect Alfonso Hernandez was found guilty of cruelty to non-livestock animals, two days after Michael Edmonds pleaded guilty to the same charge, and admitted that he was the one who delivered the fatal shot to Dasy. Their sentencing is expected to take place in February.
Marcus Luttrell himself took the stand on Thursday, accompanied by his new service dog, Rigby. He recalled how angry he was the night Dasy was killed, and shared: “I wanted to take a shot at the driver, but I figured if I missed and shot out the back window, I would not be able to catch them.”
“I saw my dog in a ditch and two men standing outside the car. I could hear them laughing,” Luttrell shared further. Luttrell later chased the car through Walker, San Jacinto, and Polk Counties, before the car was pulled over by a patrol officer with the Onalaska Police Department.
During closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Stroud shared: “(Alfonso Hernandez) got out and kicked and beat that dog and thought it was funny. They thought it was just another dog… To Marcus Luttrell it was so much more. It was a symbol he carried around for what happened to him. He was reminded of the people it was named after. To Marcus Luttrell that was just not another dog.”