Alex Donald Jackson, 31, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Pamela Devitt. Devitt, 63, was walking around her neighborhood of Littlerock when four of Jackson’s dogs attacked her in the street. Devitt did not have a cell phone and no one was nearby. By the time help arrived, she had been bitten approximately 150 to 200 times and an arm was severed. She died from blood loss.
Jackson was charged with murder when Devitt’s DNA was found on his dogs’ bloody fur. A second-degree murder charge in dog mauling cases is rare. Prosecutors contend Jackson knew the dogs were dangerous. Several witnesses testified about frightening encounters with the dogs, and one witness said that Jackson turned down his offer to provide free fencing to keep the dogs on his property.
Alex Donald Jackson now faces 15 years to life in prison for the murder conviction.
RFTM represented the family of Diane Whipple, who was mauled to death in the hallway outside of her San Francisco apartment in 2001. The owners of those dogs were also convicted of second-degree murder.
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