Zachary King Jr., 7-years old, was killed by his family's pit bull.
Father Not Guilty
UPDATE 04/11/08: A judge has ruled that a Minneapolis father is not guilty for the death of his son who was fatally attacked by a family pit bull on August 16, 2007. Zachary King Senior was found not guilty of a second- degree manslaughter charge. The ruling came in Friday around 10:30 am. Judge Burke called the boy's death a "horrific tragedy," and that it was a poor decision by the father to keep two pit bulls and five pit bull puppies in a household with four young children.
The judge called the pit-bull-attack death of 7-year-old Zachary King Jr. a "horrific tragedy" and said it "simply makes no sense" for Zachary's father to keep two pit bulls and five pit bull puppies in the house with four young children.
But Hennepin County District Judge Kevin Burke found Zachary King Sr. not guilty Friday of second-degree manslaughter in the Aug. 16 death of his son at his Minneapolis home.
"Justice was served," said King, 31, after the verdict was announced. "I'm not a bad person.
"I don't feel differently about dogs. I feel like it's a tragic accident," he said. But he said he wouldn't get another pit bull.- Pioneer Press, April 11, 2008
03/17/08: Killed by Family Pit Bull
Minneapolis, MN - Zachary King Jr. was killed by his family's pit bull last year. The elder King is being tried on charges of second-degree manslaughter in connection to his death. Prosecutors say the dog had bitten people seven times previously and that King knew it had a propensity for vicious behavior. Prosecution's opening statements were chilling, stating the father kept a pit bull named Face as "wild animal being confined in this basement in the worst of conditions."
Hennepin County prosecutors said King, 31, knew the dog had a propensity for vicious behavior and that he negligently failed to confine the dog.
When the boy went to the basement to play with the dog, he was met with a “violent, vicious, brutal attack” by an animal that weighed almost as much as the child.
It was “totally, completely avoidable and preventable,” assistant County Attorney Amy Sweasy said.
On seven occasions the dog had bitten people, including King’s son, before the deadly Aug. 16 attack, Sweasy said. She said King kept the dog muzzled or tied up when strangers were at the house, but it was allowed to run free among family members. - Pioneer Press, March 17, 2008