Pit bull owner charged with murder in fatal mauling

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LOS ANGELES –A 29-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with a pit bull mauling that killed a 63-year-old Antelope Valley jogger earlier this month.

Alex Jackson, 29, was arrested at his Littlerock home. His bail is set at $1,050,000. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison, a district attorney’s spokeswoman said.

Eight dogs — six pit bulls and two mixed breeds — were recovered from his home, sheriff’s officials said. Four of the dogs were believed to be involved in the attack. What appeared to be blood was found on their coats and muzzles.

Pamela Devitt, 63, died on May 9 en route to the hospital as a result of blood loss. Coroner’s officials said they found 150 to 200 puncture wounds and sharp force trauma across her body.


Courtesy LA Times

Since January, authorities received at least three other reports of Jackson’s pit bulls attacking other people, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Samantha MacDonald.

Jackson, who allegedly had a marijuana growing operation at his residence, also was charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession for sale of a controlled substance, and assault with a deadly weapon.

The first deputy at the scene of the attack in Littlerock found Devitt on the ground and one dog still mauling the woman. According to Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker, the deputy chased the dog but it turned on him, so he fired a shot toward the dog, which then ran away.

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  • Simona

    Yes, charge him with murder! Drug dealer, who probably had a dog fighting ring. Who has 8 pit bulls. I'm so tired of hearing stories about Pit bulls mauling people. You never hear, a lab, or poodle, attacking people. I personally HATE, people with pit bulls. They get pit bulls to make-up for something they are lacking, usually balls! Hang the fucker!

  • menudolvr

    I unfortunately had the "pleasure" of living in S. Central Los Angeles 15 years ago. Not sure where this place is located from where I was, but it looks like it's becoming a problem they should have taken care of a years ago.
    There are dogs everywhere. Running loose & in packs. Starving & even dying in the streets. Size & breed wasn't an issue, there were all kinds. It was sad to see a dog bloated from days of laying in a street or alley dead for days. Most ppl would walk by & not give notice.
    I recall an article in the newspaper way back when about the dogs in packs attacking ppl.

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