UPDATE: 3 More Suspects Plead Guilty in Dog-Fighting Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE 1:10 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Three more people have pleaded guilty in a multi-state dog fighting investigation, including a Texas man who admitted winning $35,000 at one fight in Alabama.

Demontt Allen of Houston pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Wednesday in Montgomery, along with Lawrence Watford of Adel, Ga., and William Antone Edwards of Brantley, Ala.

Allen admitted he brought a dog from Texas to a fight near Auburn in August 2011. He said he later got stopped by police with $35,000 in cash that he acknowledged winning at the fight.

Federal prosecutor Clark Morris says thousands of dollars were bet on each dog in the high-stakes fights staged in east Alabama between 2009 and 2013.

Seven people have now pleaded guilty in what Morris called "a horrendous case."

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- More guilty pleas are scheduled in a multi-state dog fighting investigation headquartered in Alabama.

Four people entered guilty pleas Monday in federal court in Montgomery. Three more have filed notice they want to enter guilty pleas at court hearings Tuesday. They are Lawrence Watford of Adel, Ga.; Demontt Allen of Houston, Texas; and William Antone Edwards of Brantley, Ala.

They are among 15 people charged with either providing dogs or participating in high-stakes dog fights. So far, 11 of the defendants have filed court papers saying they want to plead guilty.

Federal prosecutor Clark Morris says it feels good to see results from "a horrendous case" that stretched across several states.


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