Autopsy: Death by Attack
UPDATE 11/02/08: An autopsy conducted on 62-year old Chester Jordan shows that he was alive when he was brutally mauled and killed by three family pit bulls at his Muncie home. Jordan died from the dog bite injuries and blood loss. The dogs attacked his facial area, chest, arms, stomach and legs. The majority of the bite injuries and the most severe were on his arms and legs. The findings are contingent upon toxicology reports, which may take days or weeks to complete.
The basement where Jordan stayed was described as damp and bare, furnished only with a bed, chair and television, said by Lt. Al Williams of the Muncie Police Department. The basement also contained a fenced-in area for the dogs. The puppies were in a cage in the garage.
"We're going to make sure he wasn't neglected," Williams said. "The concern we have are the living conditions." - Kelly Day, The Star Press, November 2, 2008
11/01/08: Neglect of Elderly Suspected
DeWayne Benning, the boyfriend of Jordan's daughter, found 62-year old Chester Jordan dead. Jordan, his daughter Aretha, and Benning all lived at the home on Tilmore Drive. Jordan apparently lived with the dogs in the open basement. Delaware County Coroner James Clevenger Jr. said the victim suffered major tissue damage and was repeatedly bitten by the dogs. He added that the victim had a history of dementia and also had older bite mark injuries on his body.
Aretha Jordan came to the scene, and broke down crying as she and Benning were taken to city hall for questioning by detectives. Police Lt. Al Williams said the victim suffered serious injuries from the mauling and there were plenty signs of a struggle, reports The Star Press. Neighbors reported that Jordan was rarely seen outside and police talked with family members about his living conditions. Williams said there might be an issue of neglect as the investigation continues.
Animal control officers came to the scene and took the dogs and the puppies to the local shelter.
Ron White, animal shelter director, said the dogs were aggressive when they were collared and put in the trucks. The puppies from the one female dog were found in the garage.
White said the dogs did not appear to be trained to fight and there was no evidence the Jordans were professionally breeding the dogs, saying the animals were pets. - Rick Yencer, The Star Press, November 1, 2008
10/31/08: Father Killed by Family Pit Bulls
Muncie, IN - In a developing story, Muncie police are investing the death of a 62-year-old man reportedly killed by three pit bulls. Police officers were called to a home on the 1100 block of Tilmore Drive, where the victim, Chester Jordan, had been living in the basement. His daughter owns the house and her boyfriend, DeWayne Benning, found Jordan when he returned home from work. Neighbor Markus Jackma told WTHR News, "My understanding was, he had been killed."
Authorities confiscated three adult pit bulls from the home, two males and a female. Muncie Animal Control also confiscated six pit bull puppies from the property. Neighbors seemed surprised by the dogs' vicious attack. "I have never seen the dogs acting violently," Jackman said. But police had been contacted a number of times about the dogs being at large. Even after calls to police, the dogs still got loose and roamed the area. The dogs are expected to be euthanized.
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