LITTLEROCK – A 29-year-old Littlerock man has been charged with murder in connection with a brutal dog attack earlier this month that killed 63-year-old Pamela Devitt.
Alex Jackson was arrested early this morning at his home in the 37300 Block of 115th Street East and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station with bail set at $1,050,000. Jackson is the owner of four pit bulls, which DNA tests have linked to the deadly dog attack on May 9. An autopsy revealed that Devitt sustained about 150-200 puncture wounds and died of “sharp force trauma.”
The following is the press report from the Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Bureau:
“On Thursday, May 9, 2013 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Pamela Devitt was walking in the desert by her Littlerock home when she was suddenly attacked by a pack of four pit bulls.
A passerby saw the dogs mauling the victim and called 9-1-1. When a deputy arrived on scene, he saw there was a pit bull still engaged in attacking the victim. The deputy was able to chase the dog away and summoned paramedics who were in the process of transporting and treating the victim when she succumbed to her injuries.
During their investigation, homicide investigators recovered eight dogs, six pit bulls and two mixed breeds, from the Littlerock home of Alex Jackson. Four of the pit bulls were believed to be involved in the attack. Further examination of the pit bulls revealed they had what appeared to be blood on their coats and muzzles.
On May 11, 2013, an examination by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office was conducted on victim Pamela Devitt to determine her cause of death. According to the Coroner’s Office, the cause of death was blood loss attributed to sharp force trauma. The sharp force trauma was caused by the dog attack where the victim sustained approximately 150-200 puncture wounds.
DNA tests were conducted on the blood found on the pit bulls and those tests revealed that the blood on the dogs belonged to the victim, Pamela Devitt.
The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and on May 29, 2013, the District Attorney filed charges of murder on 29 year-old Alex Jackson, who is the owner of the dogs. On May 30, 2013, suspect Jackson was arrested at his residence and booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station for Murder. His bail is set at $1,050,000.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Lieutenant Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477″.
UPDATED 5/31/13: ARRAIGNMENT POSTPONED FOR ALEX JACKSON
Alex Jackson appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom on Friday (May 31), but he did not enter a plea. His arraignment was postponed to June 14. Jackson is charged with second degree murder, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession for sale of a controlled substance and assault with a deadly weapon.
The drug charges stem from a marijuana grow that authorities discovered when they searched Jackson’s home on the day of the fatal mauling (Read more here). The assault with a deadly weapon charge is connected to an incident that occurred in January. A horse rider claims his horse was attacked by Jackson’s dogs while they were riding past Jackson’s residence. Jackson is accused of throwing a rock at the man.
Jackson remains jailed on $1,050,000 bail.
UPDATED 8/20/13: After a preliminary hearing that included two days of graphic testimony by 12 witnesses, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled there was enough evidence for Alex Jackson to stand trial for the murder of Pamela Devitt. The ruling came down on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Jackson is due back in court on Sept. 5 for a second arraignment. He remains jailed on 1,050,000 bail.
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