A man was charged with fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her dog in her Miami Gardens home on Monday night.
Police arrested Alphonso Lucas on Tuesday. Lucas was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and armed battery. He was being held on no bond.
Police were called to the home in the 4500 block of Northwest 180th Street just after 10:30 p.m. Monday. That's where officers found a bloody trail leading into the home where two women and a dog had been stabbed.
One of the women, Terrilyn Gray, 42, had already died when police arrived. Police said she was stabbed about a dozen times.
Gray's daughter, Curtina Gray, 22, was taken to Jackson North Hospital from where she was later released. Curtina Gray told relatives she was hiding in bushes outside the home and that Lucas saw her, chased her down, and stabbed her.
Some people in the neighborhood told Local 10's Terrell Forney that the family dog who was killed was very protective of the women and of other residents.
"He would protect the neighbors, he would bark if he heard noises. (He was a) cool little dog," said Shlonda Walker, who lives next door.
Neighbors said the family did not cause trouble and were not known to bring the attention of police to their street.
Detectives waited hours for a second search warrant, which came nearly 12 hours after the initial search warrant. Crime scene detectives could be seen carrying out brown boxes of evidence before the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office carried away the woman's remains.
Police said Lucas, Terrilyn's ex-boyfriend, turned himself in overnight. He had reportedly moved out of the house about two weeks ago.
"I just don't understand," said a tearful Lashonda Bowden, who is Gray's cousin. "That's what I don't understand. You went dancing with her this past Sunday -- what made you do that on Monday?"
"It's just shock that he would do something like this. It's just hard to believe," said Karen Miller, Gray's aunt. "He was always respectable, and, you know, loving, so I really don't know what happened."