DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit judge has watched surveillance video in the case of a dog owner who is charged with murder in the fatal mauling of a 4-year-old boy.
The camera apparently recorded the Dec. 2 incident. The judge must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send Geneke Lyons to trial on a second-degree murder charge and other crimes.
The hearing began Tuesday and will resume Wednesday.
Xavier Strickland was walking with his mother in Detroit when they were attacked by pit bulls. Police had to shoot the dogs to free the boy’s body. Three were killed; a fourth was euthanized.
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Prosecutor Kym Worthy calls it a “harrowing example of irresponsible pet ownership.” Defense attorney Francisco Villarruel says the dogs were dangerous, not the owner.