A Mississippi man who Had Been found guilty of manslaughter since his pit bulls killed two people in separate incidents has had his conviction overturned
A new trial was arranged to get a Mississippi man whose pit bulls killed two people in separate incidents.
The Clarion-Ledger reports 40-year old Eric Hodges’ manslaughter conviction was thrown out Tuesday due to a faulty jury instruction.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals says the state proved its case but did not inform the jury that Hodges had to understand his dogs were vicious to convict.
Back in July 2014, Derrick Sanders was found mauled yards away from Hodges’ home. Sanders was dead when police arrived. Six weeks later, Glass was severely injured near the house.
He told police he thought Hodges’ dogs attacked him. Glass died the following day.
Hodge was sentenced to 20 years in prison with five years suspended and 15 years to serve.
It is uncertain when the new trial begins.
Information from: The Clarion Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com