A jury has been selected in the trial of a mother and daughter. The mother has been charged with manslaughter and unlawful dog attack, while the daughter has only been charged with unlawful dog attack.
Joan Kappen, 75, was walking in her Hot Springs Village neighborhood last year, when she was brutally attacked, mauled and killed by a bullmastiff.
According to police, the dog’s owner, Emily Coy wasn’t home at the time, but her mother Brande was.
Kappen took her last walk down Ornado Lane last November before being mauled and killed by a bullmastiff.
“10 months of misery and it still is and unfortunately people are not safe,” said Joan’s husband, Norbert Kappen.
As he walked into court, he reminisced about his best friend, his confident and the love of his life.
“My wife got mauled to death, there was not a drop of blood left in her, blood was everywhere on the street, I just hope this judge and this jury understands what we are dealing with here,” said Kappen.
Emily and her mother Brande Coy were both in court on Monday for jury selection. Emily has been charged with unlawful dog attack, Brande was charged with manslaughter and unlawful dog attack.
Emily was not home when the incident happened, but according to police Brande was caring for the dog, and was even bitten when she tried to control the bullmastiff during the attack.
“This is cut and dry, bottom line is, I’m not blaming people that don’t know about it,” said Kappen. “But if people know they’re dangerous, they need to do something about it, they need to…whatever it takes to confine them,” he added.
The bullmastiff was euthanized at the request of the owner’s family.
Channel 7 did reach out to both Emily and Brande Coy’s attorneys, but did not hear back from them by the time this story aired.
The trial is set to begin Tuesday and we will continue to follow this story.