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Man accused of killing roommate’s dogs in Joliet

Updated: June 11, 2012 4:11PM

A 20-year-old man has been accused of killing his boyfriend’s dogs — and leaving them in a suitcase while pretending to help look for them.

LeAndrae D. Blackman was living in Joliet with the owner of “two small dogs” when the animals went missing on March 23.

For the next week, Blackman helped the owner put up fliers and look for the animals, “but arguments continued . . . involving [Blackman’s] not paying rent, and he was kicked out,” Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Joliet police believe Blackman left the state and moved to Florida by April 9, when he allegedly sent the victim a text message telling him to “look in a suitcase under the stairs.” The dead dogs were found inside.

Blackman “left several texts and voicemails for the victim taunting him about the incident,” Benton said.

Blackman is now charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal and two counts of cruel treatment of an animal.

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