Dog Fighting: Irkis Forrest, Arrested in Multi-State Alabama Dog-Fighting Bust, Plans to Plead Guilty

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Irkis Forrest of Theodore, AL--one of 14 people arrested on April 7, 2012, in connection with the multi-state dog fighting investigation--has filed notice that he plans to plead guilty to one count of dog fighting.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody has scheduled a hearing May 2 in Montgomery for Forrest to enter the plea.

A federal indictment accused Forrest, 32, of being part of a dog-fighting conspiracy involving people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas that staged or participated in the matches in Alabama.

Carlton Tippens of Riverdale, GA, another defendant, is seeking to enter into a pre-trial diversion program. If accepted, Tippens could perform community service, pay restitution, and submit to regular supervision. His prosecution would be dropped.

Most of the remaining defendants are scheduled for trial May 8 in Alabama.

Investigators seized 367 dogs in the raids last August in Alabama and Georgia. They later seized 37 more dogs later in Dothan. The Humane Society of the U.S. and the ASPCA provided care for the dogs.

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