WEST JORDAN -- A Nevada man will stand trial on a misdemeanor charge rather than a felony in the stomping death of his girlfriend's puppy.
A judge in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan says the definition of torture was not met in the case against 41-year-old David Stepper.
Authorities say Stepper was angry after learning Johnson bought the Pomeranian puppy without his knowledge while he was working in Nevada. Stepper lived in the woman's Sandy home when he was off work.
Johnson testified at a preliminary hearing that she saw the 275-pound Stepper try to stomp on the puppy's head before he left the home on Jan. 27. The dog died in Johnson's arms a few minutes later. Stepper claims it was an accident.