DNA results might save Michigan dog on death row

Is Jeb in the clear?

Belgian Malinois dog
Belgian Malinois dog

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Is Jeb in the clear?

Tests on a dead dog don’t show a DNA link to a Belgian Malinois named Jeb. He’s accused of killing Vlad, a Pomeranian next door. This doggie drama is being played out in St. Clair County.

Prosecutor Mike Wendling says he’ll take the evidence to a judge to decide what happens next.

Authorities say Vlad’s injuries suggest he was picked up and shaken by a larger animal. The DNA samples were analyzed at the University of Florida.

Jeb remains in custody under a death sentence. But Ed Marshall, a lawyer for Jeb’s owners, tells the Port Huron Times Herald (http://bit.ly/2eGOGYC ) that the case should be dropped.

Marshall notes that DNA often exonerates people in prison. As he put it, “Why should a dog be any different?”

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Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com

 

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