(CBS6/ WWBT/ WDBJ7) -- A 20-year-old Richmond man charged with killing Tommie the dog told CBS6 he "blacked out" and snapped" after the dog allegedly bit his daughter.
A 20-year-old Richmond man charged with killing Tommie the dog told CBS6 he "blacked out" and snapped" after the dog allegedly bit his daughter.
Jyashua A. Hill, 20, was arrested on May 20 the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty in relation to the death of a male pit bull that was burned over more than 40 percent of his body.
The case sparked widespread outrage and investigators are crediting information from the community with helping officers solve the case.
Hill spoke with CBS-affiliate WTVR, by phone from his cell at the Richmond City Justice Center and told them he owned the dog at one point and attempted to give the dog to various shelters, but no one took the dog in because it was deemed too vicious.
"The dog attacked my daughter and I snapped. I did what I had to do to protect my kids from the dog," Hill described.
Hill mentioned to CBS6 that he struggled with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which resulted in him "blacking out."
"I grabbed the dog, put a leash on it, saw the lighter fluid, grabbed it -- and me and the dog took off to [Abner] Clay park," Hill explained.
Hill's wife initially mentioned that her husband was innocent, but now admits her husband was guilty in setting the dog on fire.
"Did he do it? Yeah, he did it," she said. "Why did he do it? To protect his daughter, to protect his family."
During the time of the crime, she said she was hospitalized with complications during the pregnancy of her son.
"He'll be home soon," she said. "I believe he will be home soon."