Breaks Sentencing Rules
UPDATE 03/25/09: Carlton Davis Jr., who was convicted in April 2008 of 23 of 27 charges related to dog-fighting, including promoting or staging an animal-fighting contest and misdemeanor animal cruelty, admitted he was absent without permission on March 8th and 10th from the Lake County Community Corrections Kimbrough Work Program.
Davis will be sentenced April 21 on the request to throw him out of the community corrections. He will not lose his credit time, according to David Olson of the public defender's office. For his dog-fighting conviction, Lake Superior Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced Davis in July to two years in prison, two years in Lake County Community Corrections and two years of probation. Information regarding his appeal was not included.
05/02/08: Carlton Davis Jr. Convicted Of Dogfighting
Jurors found Davis guilty of 16 of 18 misdemeanor counts of cruelty, possession of animals and fighting paraphernalia and seven of eight Class D felony counts. Davis's attorney said they would appeal -- contesting the search of Davis' home that yielded most of the evidence used against him.
As Judge Salvador Vasquez read the list of verdicts on all 26 counts against Davis, the defendant stared blankly ahead. After jurors were led from the courtroom, he leaned over the defense table and rubbed his head in disbelief. "I know I didn't do nothing," he said to his attorney. Davis did not testify during his trial. Click to view slideshow of court evidence and major players involved in the case.
A commenter on DogsBite.org, who goes by the user name of "Paramedic Firefighter," wishes all readers of this blog post to understand the following vital information:
"Note to Chiefs, City Managers, and all concerned: This firefighter's behavior highlights the necessity of thorough background checks and an ongoing awareness of character. Such events do not occur in a vacuum, even if the crime is committed off duty and away from quarters. It is improbable that no one else was aware of this person’s activities while off duty.
Pre-employment histories typically investigate every aspect and interests of individuals being considered for employment. If our departments and districts are to maintain the integrity required of police & fire personnel, we cannot fail this step. Please pay particular attention to any applicant in possession of a pit bull and let history supply your caution. What’s more, rely on your own experience and consider how many applicants have failed academy or probation, who also happened to be pit bull owners. (IMHO, this may even be worthy of a larger personnel study, perhaps through a JPA survey.)"
04/28/08: DogFighting Trial Enters Second Week
The trial of accused dog-fighting kennel operator Carlton Davis Jr. continues at the Lake County Superior Court. Prosecutors have entered nearly 200 items into evidence, including treadmills, training schedules, prods and a bloodied enclosure they allege was a fighting ring.
To date, no witness has come forward to testify they saw an organized dog fight at Davis' home. Davis' attorney, Gary Weiss, has countered that all the equipment has legitimate uses for breeders, and two of Davis' friends have taken the stand and offered explanations for the dogs' wounds.
04/26/08: Witnesses Recall Firefighter as a "Dog Lover"
Gary, IN - Prosecutors reenacted "dog loving" Carlton Davis's home by filling the courtroom with medieval-looking dog training equipment and pictures of scrawny scarred dogs. Gary firefighter, Carlton Davis Jr., faces multiple counts of animal cruelty and animal fighting for running a dogfighting operation out of his Calumet Township home.
Witnesses for Davis, however, said that the evidence did not come from fights and that the five battle-scarred dogs did not belong to Davis. This is where the story dips further into "head scratching land." The central witnesses also have the last name of "Davis," even though they share no relationship to Carlton.
Wilbert Davis and his wife Lori said the five dogs were theirs. She said Hobart Police threatened to have them euthanized after one of the dogs burst into a neighbor's house and trashed the inside. So she brought them over to Davis' home. In previous sworn testimony, both Wilbert and Lori claimed they did not own the dogs.
After the dogs were seized by authorities for evidence, Lori had tried to get back her favorite dog, Nasty Boy, from the Lake County Animal Shelter. Unfortunately, Nasty Boy proved too dangerous to adopt out and the shelter euthanized it. 15 other dogs that were seized were deemed adoptable. If you're a resident of Gary, one might be living next door to you right now.
04/23/08: Firefighters in Gary, Indiana Caught up in Dogfighting