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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Justice for Charlie. That’s what a family is seeking after their dog was strangled last week. Today, its accused killer appeared in court.

Video is all Jenna Branham and her family have left of Charlie the Chihuahua. The little dog was killed Friday. The man accused of strangling Charlie? Branham’s ex-boyfriend Cory Morgan Gray, 24.

“For someone to take a little 6 pound chihuahua out of his cage, literally strangle him and put him back in, deserves to be punished,” Jenna’s aunt Pam Postich said.

It’s a punishment that will be up to a court to decide. Gray appeared before a judge Monday. Charlie’s family sat just feet away.

“My mind was just racing, my heart was just racing, just, he didn’t look like he felt bad for anything,” Jenna’s sister Danielle Branham said. “He’s hiring his own attorney, which obviously means he’s going to plead not guilty.”

Gray received his court date and walked out without saying a word to Branham’s family.

“He never gave us a reason. He can’t tell us why he did it,” Danielle Branham said.

Branham’s family plans to be there during the trial to seek justice for Charlie and hoping for a change in the law.

“We can’t bring Charlie back but maybe we can help others,” Jenna’s dad Sid said. “Maybe we can get stricter penalties on animal cruelty. That’s the goal.”

While at the courthouse, Jenna Branham also took out a restraining order against Gray.

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62 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Accused ‘Chihuahua Choker’ appears in court"

2015 years 10 months ago

You know what, you may think you’re funny, but you’re not. Animals become like a part of someone’s family, whether they’re large or small. These people loved this little dog, and they will never get over the pain of it being killed in this awful way.

If there’s any joke here, it’s you.

2015 years 10 months ago

No, the truth is you’re an idiot. Charlie was a member of someone’s family, and he was taken from them in a cold, calculating, brutal manner. Just because one dog bit you when you were a child you mark them all as evil and not worthy of life? I don’t care where your wife came from. We don’t eat dogs here. We love them, we nurture them, we care about them, and they do the same for us. You would know that if you gave them half a chance.

I’ve never said this to any poster on this site, but I will say it now. Lenny, you suck.

2015 years 10 months ago

Jenna is completely distraught at everything that has happened. She didn’t want to speak on this video because she was that upset by seeing him at court. I know jenna and know she loved that dog like her own. i aso know she was in love with corey. who in there right mind would kill there dog and ruin thre relationship when she had it perfect? i know her and i know that everything is truthful and justice will be served. i also know corey and i know he went downhill after highschool

2015 years 10 months ago

Guest 2929, Its so sad that you don’t have the ability to comprehend the big picture. You are obviously someone with such a simple mind that reads an article such as this and sees only what is talked about in the article and doesn’t see the underlying issues and how those issues will undoubtedly develop and escalate over time. Each time an individual such as Mr. Gray ‘gets away’ with an act such as this they just become braver and move on to something more heinous. Maybe when he moves on to a more heinous act it will be you or one of your loved ones that is his next victim. Then maybe the big picture will become clear for you.

2015 years 10 months ago

please sign your name to your next post so everyone can hate you too…


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