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ASU student accused of killing roommate's dog

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

A valley man has been arrested after police say he killed his roommate's dog. The suspect told officers it was an accident.

The suspect, an ASU student, admitted to killing the dog but wouldn't say where he disposed of the body. The owner actually dug through trash cans in the alley looking for it.

"It was a rescue dog, she got it from someone at her work, and then tragic that it panned out like this," says Eric Scionti.

A Chihuahua named Ali that belonged to Scionti's sister was killed over the weekend. His body was dumped in a trash can behind their home.

"We're all upset that this happened, no one could've seen this coming and we've known David for so long."

25-year-old David Nathaniel Goodrich has been booked into jail on one count of animal cruelty.

Scionti says he and his sister came home to find blood everywhere – blood on the floor, blood on the backyard fence, and blood on Goodrich's clothes.

"He said he hurt his hand, and then we looked at his hands, and there was no mark. Then he broke down crying and said it was an accident, but she felt it wasn't an accident, and called police," says Scionti.

Court documents show that Goodrich said he stepped on the dog's head on accident. He then told detectives he "freaked out."

"You think you know someone, and you've been living with them down the hall for so long."

Scionti says he suspects his roommate has a drug problem. He says their other dog misses his companion.

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