Pit bull owner charged with murder for California mauling death

The owner of four pit bulls that killed a woman jogger in a gruesome mauling was charged with murder Thursday in a highly unusual case that strained the memories of law enforcement officials to find comparable uses of the felony murder law.

Alex Jackson, 29, was charged after DNA tests on his dogs found blood on their muzzles and coats that matched that of Pamela Devitt, 63, who died after being bitten 150 to 200 times by his four pit bulls.

“The DNA came back with blood on the dogs that matched the victim’s blood,” said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.

The warrant against Jackson also charges him with owner negligence of an animal causing death, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. He also faces charges of growing marijuana.

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