Alex Jackson, 29, pleaded “not guilty” on Wednesday, August 8, to murder charges in the brutal Pit Bull attack which resulted in the death of jogger Pamela Marie Devitt. The four Pit Bulls were later seized by Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control from Jackson’s property.
Devitt was jogging on the morning of May 9, when the dogs suddenly attacked her, sheriff’s officials said. Her husband, Ben, later said that she regularly walked and jogged in this area because they believed it to be safe from unruly dogs.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station received a 911 call from a motorist to report that a woman was being savagely mauled by four dogs by the side of the road at 116th Street East and Avenue S in Littlerock. The witness said she continuously honked her horn to try to get the dogs to stop attacking the victim.
When a sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene a few minutes later, he found the woman still being attacked by one Pit Bull, which repeatedly circled and moved aggressively toward him as he approached.
The deputy said the dog also tried to attack his car. He fired his handgun twice at the animal, apparently missing, before it ran into the desert.
The officer called paramedics, who responded and provided emergency medical assistance; however, Devitt died while being transported in the ambulance to the hospital.
Later, sheriff's detectives, aided by Los Angeles County animal control officers, served a residential search warrant on a home of Alex Jackson in the 37300 block of 115th Street, Littlerock, which resulted in removing eight dogs—six Pit Bulls and two mixes--a sheriff's spokesman said in a statement.
It was not yet known if those were the dogs involved in the fatal attack, the spokesman said. Blood was found on several of the dogs and at the home.
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, KTLA reports.
DNA tests also identified the blood found on the Pit Bulls as belonging to Devitt, according to the sheriff’s department.
Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control Director Marcia Mayeda said the department previously had reports of dogs at that location, and with the same physical description, being involved in attacks on two horses ridden by equestrians; however, a positive identification could not be made.
Jackson’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 19. He is being held on $1,050,000 baiil.