Sunday, April 26, 2009
From left: Christian Sharp, 1 of 19 seized pit bulls, crime scene, victim's mother.
Kills "Lifelong Friend"
Merritt Island, FL - Last Tuesday, a man was found shot to death at a home in Brevard County. Investigators say 33-year old David Preston was shot in the torso while inside the home, but his body was found in the woods behind it. Authorities also found 19 pit bulls chained outside the home. The home belongs to Christian Damon Sharp who was quickly arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence.
Back in 1998, Sharp was convicted of baiting and fighting pit bulls, as well as cruelty to animals.On Thursday, authorities added manslaughter to the charges against Sharp. Brevard County Sheriff's Office described the shooting as a "tragic incident between two lifelong friends." While intoxicated, Sharp shot Preston in the abdomen with a shotgun, then tried to bury the body in his backyard. Before setting his bond at $130,000, County Judge A.B. Majeed said, "You have such a kind heart that you wanted to give your friend a Christian burial?"
Quite a sense of humor for a judge that recently let a pit bull owner off the hook after his dogs chewed off Roger Lindee's leg. What will become of Sharp's 19 pit bulls is unknown.
11/09/08: Lindee's Dangerous Dog Hearing -- Penny Deemed "Dangerous"
11/07/08: Dog Owner Cited in Palm Bay Attack that Ended in Amputation
10/02/08: Man Has Dangerous, Smelly Pit-Bull Breeding Operation
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| 4/27/2009 12:02 AM |
Comment left at the news story (looks like "JULZ" got some of the dogs):
(User: babysmom01040608): I know Sharp personally also. As a matter of fact I know all involved. I am so sick and tired of everyone talk about the dogs... The dogs were hunting dogs... Wow!!! They can still be raised safe, and loving animals. They just provide food for people who just aren't rich. As a matter of fact wild boar ain't all that bad. Damon isn't perfect but who out there is? No one! You are still innocent until PROVEN quilty... Everyone is quick to point fingers... Rodney isn't perfect. We will see who is quilty when ALL the evidence is out. GOOD JOB JULZ taking in the dogs that you could...
| 4/27/2009 4:10 AM |
Once again, no one from the "reponsible" Pit Community batted an eye when a convicted dog fighter started punping out pumps.
I wonder if this is where the Lindee Leg severing dogs came from?
THE PIT BULL COUNTER-CULTURE!
| 4/27/2009 6:28 AM |
Let's hope the Feds are on Julz like a chained coonhound on a kid. Interstate trafficking of Fighting Dogs has beeen a federal felony since the summer of 2007.
These dogs must be worth some serious coinage.
| 4/27/2009 11:34 AM |
"I know Sharp personally also. As a matter of fact I know all involved. I am so sick and tired of everyone talk about the dogs... The dogs were hunting dogs... Wow!!! They can still be raised safe, and loving animals. They just provide food for people who just aren't rich. As a matter of fact wild boar ain't all that bad. Damon isn't perfect but who out there is? No one! You are still innocent until PROVEN quilty... Everyone is quick to point fingers... Rodney isn't perfect. We will see who is quilty when ALL the evidence is out. GOOD JOB JULZ taking in the dogs that you could... There is no reason for them to pay. I personally know that the dogs are not vicious and if you would have payed attention you would have caught that when they led them out to the control vehicles. Julz is Sharps dad gonna keep the baby? ( Well little boy) Where is Tori why ain't she taking care of her own son?"
| 4/30/2009 10:52 AM |
Criminals and pit bulls -- the endless connection races onward.
Fugitive arrested in Monroe County, Pit Bull operation found
"A man arrested in connection with a Chicago shooting also had pit bulls that authorities think were used for dogfighting, authorities said Wednesday...
Working with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department arrested Quincy Evans at 10081 Blackjack Road without incident. Evans was charged with murder stemming from a gang-related shooting in 2005, after which he moved to Monroe County, authorities said.
Evans was found to be in possession of a SKS assault rife, 20 gauge shotgun, .410 shotgun, .357 magnum handgun and a .25 caliber handgun. The guns were reportedly found in Evans' immediate reach during the arrest. In addition to finding weapons, sheriff’s deputies said Evans had 13 pit bull dogs that appeared to be used in a dogfighting ring."
| 5/15/2009 5:40 PM |
Brevard county appears loaded with pit bull and criminals.
PALM BAY, Fla. -- Palm Bay Police discovered seven pit bulls while executing a search warrant on a home during an investigation into illegal drug activity. Officers said they believe the dogs could have been used in illegal dogfighting.
| 6/28/2009 10:38 PM |
June 28: Police Officer Stumbles Upon Dog Fighting Operation
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A police officer patrolling a neighborhood in Titusville says he stumbled upon a dog fight about to begin on Sunday. Corporal Kevin Hickey had been looking for stolen vehicles in the area when he heard a commotion in the backyard of a home on Olive Avenue. That is when he saw several people preparing for a dog fight.