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Ala. Dog Fighting Defendant Seeks Diversion

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- The trial for a Dothan man arrested in a multi-state dog-fighting investigation has been postponed while he seeks admission to a pre-trial diversion program.

David Grace had been scheduled for trial July 14, but U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson postponed it to Nov. 3 to allow time to apply. The judge said the defense and prosecution anticipate approval of his application.

Grace was among 14 people from four states charged in Alabama last year as a result of the investigation. Court records show investigators took 33 pit bulls from his home and his mother's home in Abbeville in October and charged him with possessing dogs for fighting purposes.

Prosecutor Clark Morris said Monday pre-trial diversion would likely include forfeiting the dogs, paying restitution for their upkeep and performing community service.


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