Crime & Justice

Update: Man charged with murder in pit bull mauling death of 63-year-old jogger

A home in Antelope Valley near where a woman was fatally mauled.
A home in Antelope Valley near where a woman was fatally mauled.

A 29-year-old Littlerock man has been arrested and charged with murder and other counts stemming from the May 9 mauling death of a female jogger by a pack of pit bulls.

Alex Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, NBC-LA reported. Jackson was originally arrested the day after the attack, but released on bail while DNA testing was conducted to determine if his dogs carried out the attack on 63-year-old Pamela Devitt.

He was arrested again early Thursday morning, according to jail records.

Pamela Devitt was attacked on the morning of May 9 by dogs in on a Littlerock road in the southeastern Antelope Valley, northeast of Los Angeles.

NBC-LA reported that Devitt suffered more than 150 puncture wounds in the mauling.

Hours after the attack, authorities served a search warrant on a nearby home, confiscated eight dogs and arrested their owner on suspicion of growing marijuana, NBC-LA reported. 

Six pit bulls and two mixed breed dogs — some with blood on their coats and muzzles — were taken from the home of Alex Jackson, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told the station.

DNA tests on the blood confirmed that it was that of the victim, which led investigators to the 29-year-old Jackson, who was charged Wednesday with murder. He was arrested Thursday at his home and bail was set at $1.5 million.

If convicted, Jackson faces life in prison. A spokeswoman for the DA's office could not confirm to NBC-LA whether the murder charge is the first involving a dog mauling, but said officials with the office could not recall a case within the last decade. 

Authorities have received at least three other reports of attacks involving Jackson's dogs since January, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

This story has been updated.