Criminal Trial Advances
Livingston, MI - An attorney representing a dog owner being charged in connection with two mauling deaths has filed motions in Livingston County Circuit Court challenging evidence. The motions were set to be heard today but have been adjourned to April 11. Bingham Farms attorney Daniel Blank is challenging the reliability of canine bite mark evidence and seeks to quash the District Court judge's decision to send the case against Diane Cockrell, 52, to Circuit Court for trial.
Blank also says the "gruesome photographs" of the victims, Edward Gierlach and Cheryl Harper, should not be shown to the jury. He says a medical examiner's testimony is sufficient and that the photographs would only "inflame" the jury. Last September, four dogs belonging to Cockrell killed Edward Gierlach and Cheryl Harper. Mr. Blank hopes to lift the blame off his client's shoulders by saying there is insufficient evidence to establish probable cause for two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
07/27/08: Coverage of the Double Fatal Dog Attack in Livingston, Michigan