Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bond Denied Man Charged In Fatal Dog Attack


Swanson Faces Manslaughter Charge

Bond has been denied a Pontotoc County dog owner indicted in connection with a fatal pit bull attack last January.
WCBI-TV reported that Casey Swanson appeared in Pontotoc County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Swanson was indicted for manslaughter in March in the death of 51-year-old Ronnie Waldo.
Prosecutors said Waldo and a friend were repairing a hot water heater on Jan. 26 when Waldo walked next door to Swanson's house to retrieve a part for the appliance and was attacked.
The indictment alleges that Swanson allowed the dogs to roam free, even though he knew they were violent.
Prosecutors said Swanson was charged as a habitual offender because of previous burglary and larceny convictions.
Swanson has defended his dogs' actions and said that all but one were confined.

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