Boyfriend says woman not at fault in deadly pit bull attack - - Jackson, MS

Boyfriend says woman not at fault in deadly pit bull attack

By Janice Broach - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The woman charged with reckless homicide in connection with a deadly pit bull attack is close to giving birth.

Sherry Wooten sat behind bars Friday, charged with negligent homicide in the death of 71-year-old William Parker.

Andre Humphrey, Wooten's boyfriend, said his brother, Bernard, did not own the dogs.  Bernard Humphrey was arrested Sunday for failing to update his information on the sex offender registry.

Police came to the apartment complex in the medical district Sunday on a dogs loose call.

"The dogs broke free from a pole," said Andre Humphrey.

On Tuesday, someone let the dogs loose.  Police said Wooten did it.

"She got somebody to get the dogs," Andre Humphrey said, "because Sherry is scared to death of dogs."

He said Wooten paid someone off the street to let the dogs out because a neighbor was complaining about them.  Humphrey said he did not know who.

"You can pay somebody on the street," Andre Humphrey said.

Humphrey said the dogs belonged to his brother's ex-girlfriend and the apartment is in her name.  He said the dogs were not vicious.

Humphrey said his brother's ex-girlfriend should be the one charged.

"They're your dogs," he said.  "That is your apartment.  You need to take responsibility for it."

So far, Wooten is the only one charged.

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