Owner to face murder trial after dogs kill Detroit boy

DETROIT (AP) — A man whose dogs snatched and killed a 4-year-old Detroit boy as he walked with his mother has been ordered to trial on a second-degree murder charge.

A judge said Thursday there’s enough evidence to send Geneke Lyons to trial on the murder charge and other crimes.

Xavier Strickland was walking with his mother when they were attacked by pit bulls on Dec. 2. Police had to shoot the dogs to free the boy’s body. Three were killed; a fourth was euthanized.

Lyons wasn’t at the home at the time. The evidence included video of the attack recorded by a security camera. Lyons’ attorney argued that he had no notice that the dogs were a problem in the neighborhood.

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