PAYSON, AZ - A Payson man is being held on $1 million cash bond after he allegedly shot and killed his neighbor over an argument about a dog.
The Payson Roundup reports that Michael Alan Voden, 72, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Globe on Monday.
Voden was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder.
Voden allegedly shot and killed neighbor Randy Burnett in Voden's driveway earlier this month.
According to the Payson Roundup, Randy and his wife Brenda had moved into their home just a few days earlier.
On the morning of the November 9 the Burnett's dog Scooter got into Voden's yard and wouldn't return home.
The Payson Roundup obtained 911 tapes from the incident which recorded the conversation between Voden and a dispatcher.
On the tape the dispatcher is heard pleading with Voden to stay in his house.
Voden tells the dispatcher, "They are messing up my garden."
Gunshots are heard on the tape and a dog howls.
Voden tells the dispatcher he's back in the house but that he's got blood all over him.
On the tape Voden claims Burnett was attacking him when he fired his weapon that he later describes as a Glock.
The Payson Roundup reports that the victim's wife earlier told them she had gone next door to round up the family's hound dog, Scooter, who had gone into Voden's yard. The dog wouldn't return and she woke up her husband to help her. The dog still wouldn't obey their commands and when Brenda went back into her yard to get a ball for the dog she heard a pop and Randy was next to the side door of Voden's home.
She said she saw the two men talking then heard gunshots. Randy Burnett was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the 911 tape, Voden goes back inside his home and complains of chest pain. He was taken to a hospital to be checked out and was later released to officers.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March.