David Haigler, 38-years old, was killed by one of his pet pit bulls.
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Spotsylvania County, VA - In an incident we were alerted to yesterday, The Free Lance-Star reports that an autopsy has confirmed that one of David Quyon Haigler’s two pit bulls was responsible for his death. Haigler, 38-years old, was discovered dead in his home Saturday by his 18-year old son. The 6-year old pit bull accused in his death was loose in the home and initially would not allow responding deputies in, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Michael Timm.
Haigler was found dead on the living room floor with wounds to his upper body. Authorities noted that a wooden baseball bat was on a sofa near the body and that the room was in disarray. Court records stated that blood was seen on the floor, walls and several pieces of furniture. Haigler's other pit bull was found chained in different area of the home. Timm said the investigation is nearly over, except for the pending results of a toxicology screening.
Haigler was "already under medical care for a dog bite" that occurred a week earlier, according to yesterday's article. The victim also had a felonious past.
Sheriff's deputies responded to the call but were met by two "very aggressive" pit bulls, Timm said.
The deputies waited until animal control removed the dogs before starting their investigation.
"Currently, the belief is that they could have been involved," Timm said of the dogs. "We're just sideline speculating at this point."
As of yesterday, Timm could not confirm how Haigler died.
A medical examiner has ruled the death "unusually suspicious" and said Haigler, 38, suffered "upper-body trauma." The body has been sent to Richmond for an autopsy. Spotsylvania officials hope to know more about the cause of death today.
Timm could not confirm whether the dogs had a history of violence, but said Haigler "was already under medical care for a dog bite" that happened about a week ago. - Free Lance-Star, Jonas Beals, June 13, 2011
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