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.
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