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Loyal pit bull who defended his family helps police identify alleged murderer through DNA

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | January 18, 2013 | Comments (8)

a man accused of murder was charged with armed robbery in a separate crime thanks to DNA from a dog's mouth


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a pit bull protected his family from armed intrudersA family dog shot and killed in a home invasion helped police catch his alleged killer. A Pit Bull mix who was defending a woman and her son from three armed robbers managed to bite one of the men during the violent incident in Barberton, Ohio. But as the thieves were fleeing the home, one of the men shot the dog.

Police at the scene of the crime swabbed the dog's mouth for DNA evidence after learning the brave dog had bit one of the men in the arm and leg.

They sent the DNA for analysis back in October when the home invasion occurred. A few months later the DNA evidence was processed and they got a potential match. Police sought out David Stoddard, 24, and were making arrangements with Stoddard's attorney to turn himself in when they discovered Stoddard was already in jail.

David Stoddard, 24, has been accused of shooting Jessica Halman, 19, and Anna Karam, 16, inside a home in Akron, Ohio in January. Anna, who was pregnant, died.

A Summit County grand jury indicted Stoddard for aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary this week. Police credit the DNA with having solved the case. “We were just as amazed, too, that it actually worked when we did the DNA swab and that it came back to a positive match, so we were pretty shocked by it because we didn’t have any leads on the investigation,” Eberhart said.

Police continue to search for the two other men involved in the robbery.



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Comments on this Article

So very sad. Our thoughts are with you all. RIP Duke, such a brave dog <3 xx
Hi my name is Loretta Martinez, i just wanted to say how sorry i am for loosing such a sweet boy.Duke will be remembered as a loving sweetie and brave protector. R.I.P. Sir Duke
Also I would really like to see the laws change from Animal cruelty when a Animal is more severely Hurt, Attempted Murder or Murder... Just like they have Laws for different types of abuse for people...
Does this dog have a name? He should be up for a posthumous hero award. My condolences to the family.
Ummm...I'd like to see a charge of animal cruelty as well for the brave guy who did his best to defend his family!
So sad and horrifying. God bless Anna and her unborn baby may they rest in peace along with this brave dog. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Feel better, Jessica. I think Stoddard should get the same punishment he imposed on this family. The punishment should fit the crime.
Another Pit Bull another Hero... I hope they have the Death Penalty in that State... He deserves to die...
The results of a gun in the hands of a dummy. My condolences go out to the friends and family of young Anna and her unborn child. I hope Jessica pulls through. I hope police find the others that were involved in the home invasion. Thanks to the police officer who took the chance and swobbed the dog for DNA. To the dog, good boy.
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