The owner of four pit bulls that mauled to death a 63-year-old woman jogger in the Antelope Valley has been charged with murder. The 29-year-old Alex Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned today. If convicted, Jackson faces up to life in prison.
Jackson is also charged with growing and possessing marijuana for sale. Authorities had received three other complaints of Jackson’s pit bulls attacking other people since January. Murder charges are rare in fatal dog attacks. This case brings to mind another fatal dog mauling in California more than a decade earlier, when Marjorie Knoller was convicted of second-degree murder after her dogs killed her neighbor in the hallway of their San Francisco apartment building. Knoller’s husband was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Stanley Goldman, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide at Loyola Law School