Suspect in Alabama Dog Fighting Ring to Plead Guilty

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- One of the 14 people charged in connection with a multi-state dog fighting investigation has filed notice that he plans to plead guilty.

Irkis Forrest of Theodore filed court papers saying he intends to plead guilty to one count in the dog fighting case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody has scheduled a hearing May 2 in Montgomery for Forrest to enter the plea.

Another defendant, Carlton Tippens of Riverdale, Ga., is seeking entry into a pre-trial diversion program. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins has severed Tippens' case from the others while he seeks entry into the program.

Most of the remaining defendants are scheduled for trial May 8 in Alabama.

Investigators seized 367 dogs in raids last August in Alabama and Georgia. They obtained more dogs later.


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