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July 30, 2013

Fifth dog fighting suspect arrested

GREENVILLE — A fifth suspect has been arrested and charged with a widening probe into a dog fighting operation in Greenville.

Three of the four suspects previously arrested and charged with dog fighting have had attorneys appointed.

Several of those charged in the case allegedly appear on videos taken of the fights between pit bull dogs.

Carlton Daniel Jones, 21, of Greenville, was taken into custody Friday afternoon by the Greenville Police Department on one count of dog fighting. Jones was not listed as being in custody at the Hunt County Jail Monday morning.

Dakalin Edwards, 18; Caunte Howard, 17; and Adrian Obrian Jackson, 27, all of Greenville, each filed writs of habeas corpus from the Hunt County Jail, where they were being held in custody Monday. All three had attorneys appointed to represent them during hearings in district court. No additional hearings were immediately scheduled.

Another suspect charged in connection with alleged dog fighting, Kavante Davis, 17, also of Greenville, was not listed in custody at the jail as of Monday.

Edwards and Davis were arrested July 23. Warrants for Jackson and Howard were issued July 16 on charges of dog fighting in the 3700 block of Polk Street.

Howard was already in custody at the jail, indicted earlier this year on an unrelated charges of aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation.

According to a criminal complaint, officers were dispatched on the evening of May 18 to a report of animal cruelty in the 1700 block of Gibbons Street.

The officers found an allegedly severely malnourished pit bull dog, which also had suffered injuries believed to have occurred during a dog fight.

Witnesses at the location said the dog belonged at Jackson’s home in the 3700 block of Polk Street, where fights were conducted in the back yard.

Upon arrival at the residence, officers found no one home, but allegedly discovered another pit bull running loose and called the Animal Control Division to remove a total of two pit bull dogs from the location.

On May 22, officers investigating a burglary of a residence obtained warrants on five cell phones, including those belonging to Jones and Howard.

The officers allegedly found five videos of the dog fights on Howard’s phone and one on a phone belonging to Howard’s cousin, who had not been arrested or charged as of Monday.

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