Attorney Comments After Judge Throws Out Felony Charges in Fatal Dog Attack Case

From left: Jerry Yates, his daughter Jami Southard and flowers placed where his life ended. Dead Men Tell No Tales archived Calaveras County, CA - On March 22, Recordnet.com reported that Calaveras County Superior Court Assigned Judge Thomas A. Smith ruled that Sheryl Sellers would not face trial on felony charges in the death of Jerry Yates. The judge cited California Penal Code Section 399, which requires prosecutors to prove that the person killed by vicious dogs took "r… [Read full blog post]

Video: Calaveras Enterprise Examines Pit Bull Victim's Last Steps

By Joel Metzger Mountain Ranch, CA - Jerry Yates, 69, was mauled to death by two pit bulls owned by Sheryl Sellers August 22. Sellers has since pleaded not guilty to the felony of knowingly having a mischievous animal, letting it be at large or keeping it without ordinary care, resulting in the death a person. Calaveras Enterprise1 journalist and video author, Joel Metzer, talks to Jami Southard as she recounts the events that occurred on the day of her father's death. What's no… [Read full blog post]

2010 Dog Bite Fatality: Mountain Ranch Man Mauled to Death by Two Pit Bulls

Jerry Yates shown at his Mountain Ranch business, The Gas Station. Pleads Not Guilty UPDATE 09/17/10: Sheryl Sellers pleaded not guilty in a crowded courtroom on Tuesday, despite her dogs involvement in previous acts of aggression. Sellers lawyer, Ken Foley, also filed a motion to dismiss Judge Douglas Mewhinney declaring that he was prejudiced against the defendant. Yates' daughter, Jami Southard, had hopped Sellers would plead guilty and put the incident to rest. "Sh… [Read full blog post]