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Fatal Dog Attacks
(2007-12-28)
(wgvu) - A Livingston County woman whose bulldogs
fatally mauled a man and woman faces trial on manslaughter charges.
Brighton District Judge Theresa Brennan on Thursday ordered
52-year-old Diane Cockrell to stand trial. The attacks happened
September 13 near her Iosco Township home, about 45 miles
west-northwest of Detroit.
Manslaughter carries up to 15 years' imprisonment.
Authorities say four bulldogs attacked 91-year-old Edward
Gierlach in his driveway and 56-year-old Cheryl Harper nearby.
Defense lawyer Daniel Blank says authorities haven't met the
legal test of showing Cockrell knew the dogs were vicious and
showed gross negligence.
The victims' families have sued Cockrell. Authorities euthanized
her 10 dogs.
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