The dog pack murder by six pit bulls is adding murder charges to drug possession. The pit bulls’ owner’s marijuana grow operation at his home, his alleged cultivation of marijuana, and business of selling marijuana appears to be a reminder that it is not pit bulls that kill but their owners. According to a May 30, 2013, ABC7 news report, the husband of the victim of the dog pack murder is saying that while the arrest of the pit bulls’ owner cannot bring back the love of his life for 43 years, “he hopes it sends a stern warning to irresponsible dog owners.”
“If it can kind of light a fire and make people be more responsible for their dogs and really put a light on this vicious dog situation that we have around here, it’s a good thing.”
The owner of the dog pack is facing up to life in prison for the murder of Don Devitt’s wife, if convicted.
The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges of murder, owner negligence, and drug possession against 29-year-old Alex Jackson. On Thursday morning, the pit bulls’ owner was arrested and booked at the Palmdale sheriff’s station and his bail has been set at $1,050,000.
“Jackson allegedly had a marijuana grow operation at his Littlerock home and was also charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession for sale of a controlled substance and assault with a deadly weapon.”
According to the autopsy report, Don Devitt’s wife died from blood loss attributed to sharp force trauma when she sustained about 150 to 200 puncture wounds during the dog pack murder.
On May 9, 2013, Don Devitt’s wife, 63-year-old Pamela Devitt, was going for a walk on 116th Street East and Avenue S in Littlerock when several pit bulls brutally mauled her.
A woman who witnessed the pit bull attack tried to intervene in the dog pack murder but when she honked her horn in order to distract the dog pack, the pit bulls attacked her car and bit her tires.
By the time a sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene, one of the dogs was still attacking Don Devitt’s wife and the pit bull went after the deputy.
The investigation of the dog pack murder led to the pit bulls’ owner on the very same day of the attack and eight dogs were found at the home which also served as a marijuana operation. Four of the dogs involved in the murder still had blood on their coats and muzzles.
According to the video news report, the pit bulls’ owner was initially arrested for drug possession which then turned into charges for the murder of Don Devitt’s wife.
Despite having lost the love of his life to a dog pack murder, Don Devitt is speaking out on behalf of the pit bulls.
“Dog owners are coming out saying that it’s not the pit bulls so I’m going to tend to side with the people that know pit bulls and who say that it’s not the pit bulls.”