LANCASTER, Calif. — A Littlerock man was ordered today to stand trial on murder and other charges stemming from the death of a woman who was fatally mauled by pit bulls he owned while she was out for a morning walk near her home.
Lancaster Superior Court Judge Lisa Chung found sufficient evidence to require Alex Donald Jackson to stand trial on charges of murder, negligent ownership of a mischievous animal causing death or serious bodily injury, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession for sale of a controlled substance.
The 30-year-old defendant also faces one count of assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a January confrontation with another person.
Jackson, who remains jailed in lieu of $1.05 million bail, is due back in court for arraignment Sept. 5.
Jackson was arrested the day after the fatal May 9 mauling. Sheriff’s deputies searched his home and confiscated eight dogs: six pit bulls and two mixed-breed canines, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Marijuana also was allegedly found growing on the property.
Jackson was released on bail May 10 while DNA tests were pending to determine if his dogs were involved in the death of Pamela Devitt, a 63-year-old married grandmother.
Devitt sustained 150 to 200 puncture wounds, and DNA tests confirmed that blood found on four of Jackson’s dogs was the victim’s, authorities said.
When the charges were filed, Deputy District Attorney Samantha MacDonald said authorities had received at least three other reports of Jackson’s pit bulls allegedly attacking people since January.