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Man Arrested, Charged With Murder in Deadly Pit Bull Attack

LITTLEROCK, Calif. (KTLA) — A 29-year-old man Littlerock man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murder in connection with a deadly pit bull attack earlier this month.

Alex Jackson was booked for murder at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, and his bail was set at $1,050,000, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Alex-Jackson

Mug shot: Alex Jackson

The attack happened on Thursday, May 9, at around 9:30 a.m.

Pamela Marie Devitt, 63, was out for her morning walk when she was suddenly attacked by a pack of four pit bulls, sheriff’s officials said.

A passing motorist saw the dogs mauling Devitt and called 911.

When a deputy arrived on scene, there was a pit bull still attacking the victim, authorities said. The deputy was able to chase the dog away and called paramedics.

Devitt died while being transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Later that same day, homicide investigators seized eight dogs, including six pit bulls and two mixed breeds, from Jackson’s home on 115th Street.

Four of the pit bulls were believed to be involved in the attack. The dogs had what appeared to be blood on their coats and muzzles, according to investigators.

The L.A. County Coroner’s office conducted an autopsy on Devitt and determined she died from loss of blood from about 150-200 puncture wounds.

DNA tests conducted on the blood found on the pit bulls revealed that it belonged to Devitt, according to the sheriff’s department.

The case was presented to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, and charges were filed against Jackson on May 29.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Lt. Corona of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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