Friday, June 27, 2008
Breckenridge, TX - Bail for two Breckenridge residents arrested in connection with the dog-mauling death of Tanner Monk was reduced, and both have been released. Jack Smith, 45, and Crystal Watson, 27, were arrested in connection with the death of Tanner. Bail for each person was initially set at $250,000 each but was reduced to $10,000 each.
Smith and Watson live next door to the Monk family and are now headed home.Two pit bulls attacked Monk, who was found dead on the road outside of his home. The dogs were shot after they became aggressive toward authorities. Two other dogs belonging to Smith and Watson were ordered destroyed later. Both Smith and Watson are charged with a dog attack resulting in death, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
90th District Judge Stephen Crawford issued a gag order in the case June 16th, forbidding the discussion of case details.
05/29/08: Pit Bull Owners Arrested in Death of Tanner Joshua Monk
05/26/08: 2008 Fatality: Video Tribute to Tanner Joshua Monk
05/19/08: 2008 Fatality: Boy Killed by Pit Bulls in Breckenridge, Texas
05/19/08: Roll Call: Texans Killed by Pit Bulls in 2007
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| 6/28/2008 12:37 PM |
This is an insult. When a pit bull kills, there is no reasonable "accident" defense. This is no more an accident than causing an injury or death while driving drunk. The risk of pit bulls is well understood, the outcome is predictable and the frequency, legendary. The 10,000 dollar bail does not fit the crime.
| 6/28/2008 2:34 PM |
What a disgrace. I can imagine what it must be like for the mother of the dead child to have to look out her window and see these two monsters every day, knowing what her son went through in his last minutes on earth.
I hope the community is outraged over this, and that these monsters are ultimately sentenced to prison for what they did.
| 6/30/2008 4:19 AM |
I pray for the Monk family -- these neighbors just returned to their home next door. CAN YOU IMAGINE? The absolute destruction that a fatal or serious dog attack brings to a family, a neighborhood and an entire community is wholly overwhelming. Not to mention the catastrophic PAIN.
| 7/02/2008 5:34 AM |
I'd like to know where these two Slingbladers obtained the dogs from....
Pit Bulls have killed 13 Texans in the last 24 months. Clearly, mankillers are being bred in Texas.
Animal control "Professionals" seem to be asleep at the switch.
| 5/18/2012 2:39 PM |
my name is jennifer im jack smiths daughter NOT PROUD BY NO MEANS TO SAY THIS, I HAVENT SEEN JACK SINCE I WAS 12YRS OLD I HOPE HE ROTTS IN PRISON COME ON HE WAS FIGHTING THESE DOGS THE DAY BEFORE AND NOW WE HAD A INOCCENT PRECIOUS LITTLE DIE FROM THESE DOGS HE HAS NO SOUL NOR SALVATION IM 29 YRS OLD NOW STILL NO CONTACT WITH THIS PIECE OF SHIT I DO KNOW THAT HE IS RUNNING FROM THE LAW HE NEEDS TO BE CAPTURED. TO TANNERS FAMILY IM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.