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Woman Fatally Mauled by Pit Bulls

LITTLEROCK, Calif. (KTLA) — A 63-year-old woman out for a walk was attacked and killed by a group of pit bulls in the on May 9, in the Antelope Valley.

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LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — A witness called during Monday’s preliminary hearing for a man believed to be the owner of four pit bulls that mauled and killed a 63-year old woman described the horrifying scene she encountered in May.

Alex Donald Jackson

Alex Donald Jackson (credit: Los Angeles Times)

The witness testified that it was the scariest thing she’d ever been through as she sat helplessly in her truck and tried to scare away the pack of pit bulls by honking.

Pamela Marie Devitt, who was covered in blood, barely had any clothes on and was still being bitten by the dogs even after the first emergency responder arrived, the witness said.

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 29-year-old Alex 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 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 murder charges were filed against Jackson on May 29.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — The man believed to be the owner of four pit bulls that mauled and killed a 63-year-old woman pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in Lancaster.

Alex Donald Jackson

Alex Donald Jackson (credit: Los Angeles Times)

Alex Jackson, 29, was charged with murder in the death of Pamela Marie Devitt. She was out for her morning walk on May 9 when a pack of four pit bulls suddenly attacked, 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 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.

“He’s not a murderer,” Jackson’s girlfriend Lorraine Torez said. “His heart is heavy, not for himself, it’s for the family of the woman,” she said.

Jackson was sad about what happened, friends of his told KTLA. But he believes the tragedy was an accident and not a crime, they said.

Jackson was being held on $1,050,000 bail.

His next court appearance was scheduled for Aug. 19.

LITTLEROCK, Calif. (KTLA) — The owner of four pit bulls believed to have mauled and killed a 63-year-old jogger was arraigned Friday in Lancaster.

A deputy sheriff led Alex Jackson, 29, into court Friday, just before a judge formally read the charges against him.

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

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

Pamela Marie Devitt, 63, was out for her morning walk on May 9, 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 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).

LITTLEROCK, Calif. (KTLA) — Authorities seized a group of pit bulls they believe may have attacked and killed a woman out for a walk in the Antelope Valley on Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies carried eight dogs, six of them pit bulls, out of a house in the 37700 block of 115th Street in Littlerock around 5:30 p.m., authorities said.

Four people, two men and two women, were detained at the house by deputies.

The Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control responded to the call of a fatal pit bull attack around 9:30 a.m.

Pamela-Marie-Devitt

Pamela Marie Devitt, 63

The victim was identified by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office as Pamela Marie Devitt, 63, of Littlerock.

She was out for her morning walk on Avenue S, between 110th Street East and 113th Street East, when she was attacked, authorities said.

Devitt died while being transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

A woman driving by saw a pack of dogs attacking the victim on the ground, said Lt. John Corina, of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

“She sees a group of dogs and it looks like they’re attacking something,” Corina said. “As she gets closer, she sees it’s a woman face down on the ground.”

The woman honked her horn to try to scare the dogs away, but they turned and attacked her car, biting at the tires, Corina said.

The driver called 911. When deputies arrived at the scene, the dogs turned on them, authorities said.

One of the deputies fired rounds toward the dogs, causing the animals to flee, sheriff’s officials said in a statement.

The sheriff’s department and the DACC launched a search for the dogs, using a helicopter and patrol cars.

L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the dogs. Shortly before 7 p.m., he tweeted that they had been captured.

pit-bulls-seized

Authorities removed eight dogs, including six pit bulls, from a home in Littlerock on Thursday.

After receiving information from residents and animal control workers, deputies served a search warrant at the home in Littlerock.

While investigating the pit bulls at the house, deputies also found a marijuana growing operation.

A 29-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. He could face additional charges if the dogs are linked to the deadly attack.

Authorities have not put the dogs down yet because they haven’t completed DNA tests to determine if they killed the victim.

The dogs had been aggressive in the past, according to neighbors.

They had video of the dogs hopping over the fence at the house where they were found on Thursday.

“If there’s people on horses or elderly people walking, they attack them,” one man, who did not want to be identified, said.

“Three days ago [they] attacked a man on a horse with two kids on it,” he said.
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