NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Nashville man intentionally drowned a dog claiming it was demon possessed. He now faces felony animal cruelty charges after he admitted killing his brother’s fiancé’s dog.
Police discovered the crime Sunday morning when they responded to an apartment complex on Thompson Place in South Nashville.
That’s when they discovered that a 1-year-old Yorkie mix had been drowned in a bathtub, WKRN reported.
Kimon Meriweather lives in the apartment and gave the dog named Diamond to his fiancé as a gift.
“I was mad, upset, hurt because I love my dog. She was very playful, very friendly to others. My fiancé is very hurt,” he said. “I bought this dog for her, it was a gift.”
According to investigators with Metro Animal Care and Control, the victim’s twin brother, Kimah Meriweather, admitted to killing the dog by drowning it in a bathtub.
Kimah was staying with the couple when the intentional tragedy took place.
“He said there was a demon in the dog, that’s what he was saying, and I was letting him know there ain’t no such thing,” said Kimon.
Investigators shared a text with News 2, reportedly sent from Kimah, who claims “Jehovah” told him to do it.
The text reads: “This is what Jehovah has anointed me to do, his will, the dog had a demon in it, and I had to clean the house really good so the demon could be removed, so I filled the tub with water and held the dog down and I prayed to Jehovah God, the true God, I washed the dog and the cage, everything yes I did.”
Investigators took pictures of the crime scene. There was a green stain on the tub and shower wall. Officials say that was bathroom cleanser, used to clean the tub and the dog’s cage, shown in other pictures submerged under the water.
Kimon told News 2 he is not scared of his brother, but he is concerned for his twin. As a result of the cruel drowning incident, he evicted him from the apartment.
“Bro, why? What really made you do that, I mean for real,” Kimon said. “What really told you the dog had a demon in her, what lead up to that? Did your mind even tell you to stop? That this wasn’t right?”
Kimah Meriweather has been arrested in Metro before on theft charges, according to the report.