Victim Pamela Devitt (Photo: DMV)
A Littlerock man was ordered to stand trial for all six counts relating to a fatal pit bull attack that killed a woman in Littlerock, following his preliminary hearing in a Lancaster courtroom Tuesday.
Alex Donald Jackson, 28, of Littlerock, is charged with murder, an animal causing human death/owner negligence, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and assault with a deadly weapon.
Authorities say Pamela Devitt was walking in the desert by her Littlerock home May 9, at 9:30 a.m., when she was suddenly attacked by a pack of four pit bulls.
A passerby saw the dogs mauling the victim and called 9-1-1, sheriff’s detectives said.
When a deputy arrived on scene, he saw there was a pit bull still engaged in attacking the victim.
During an investigation led by Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, investigators recovered eight dogs, six pit bulls and two mixed breeds, from Jackson’s Littlerock home. Four of the pit bulls were believed to be involved in the attack.
On May 11, an examination by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office was conducted on victim Pamela Devitt to determine her cause of death.
The cause of death was blood loss attributed to sharp force trauma, according to the Coroner’s Office.
The sharp force trauma was caused by the dog attack where the victim sustained approximately 150-200 puncture wounds.
DNA tests were conducted on the blood found on the pit bulls and those tests revealed that the blood on the dogs belonged to Devitt.
On May 30, Jackson was arrested at his residence and booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station for murder.
Jackson is being held in lieu of $1,050,000 bail. Deputy District Attorney Samantha MacDonald is prosecuting the case.
Jackson is due back in court Sept. 5.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Lieutenant Corina, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.