Wednesday, November 12, 2008
UPDATE 11/12/08: Christopher Fura -- the 21-year-old Warren man whose rottweiler, Chopper, killed an infant last year -- pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and began a six-month jail sentence today. Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Kaplan said Fura pleaded just before a jury was to be selected for his trial today. Fura previously had entered the same plea, but withdrew it six weeks ago when prosecutors insisted he serve jail time.
Chopper killed Kylie Cox just after she was unstrapped from a car seat.Fura also will be on probation for 3 years, during which time he can’t own any animals. Kaplan said the prosecution’s best evidence came from an incident three days before the Sept. 12 attack, when Chopper growled at a child, got in a dogfight and bit Fura on the hand. “That shows he knew the dog had violent tendencies,” Kaplan said. Jason Winters, 23, Fura’s stepbrother, already pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to probation.
02/26/08: Negligence Claim Filed
Warren, MI - The grandmother of 4-month-old Kylie Cox, who was mauled to death September 17, 2007 by a rottweiler, is suing the owner of the home where the dog attack took place. The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages. It charges Margaret Elderson, the owner of the home with negligence. Also named in the suit are Craig Winters, who owned the dog, his son, Jason Winters and Christopher Fura.
Last September, Alexis Cox brought her baby daughter, Kylie, to a party at Elderson's home. Two of her acquaintances, Christopher Fura, 19, and his stepbrother Jason Winters, 22, brought a 120-pound rottweiler named Chopper to the party as well. The dog attacked and killed the baby after Alexis placed the infant -- still strapped in her car seat -- on the floor in the living room. She had set her down to make her a bottle in the kitchen.
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