Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Trials of some of the suspects arrested in connection with Apopka dog-fighting bust have begun

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 6:49 PM



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  • Apopka Police Department
According to documents from State Attorney Jeff Ashton's office, the trials of eight of the defendants arrested in connection with the May 2014 dog-fight bust that took place in Apopka began on Monday, Jan. 25. According to court documents, there were 26 co-defendants in the case; two have already pled and others are on appeal. 

According to police affidavits, the arrests were made in connection with a raid on the home of Adell Dawson, who lived at 209 W. 7th St. in Apopka. According to Apopka police, they raided the home on May 27, 2014 after being tipped off to an organized dog fight in progress. When officers arrived, arrest affidavits say, they discovered a "large number of vehicles" parked outside the home, and a group of people "watching two pit bulls that were actively engaged in a fight." After police announced their presence, the affidavit says, many of the men who were present attempted to flee. Officers pursued them, and "most of the males gave up and were secured with handcuffs." 

More than 24 dogs were confiscated in connection with the bust, most of which were eventually placed with various rescue organizations. 

According to court records, the following defendants were scheduled to begin trial on Monday:

Renaldo Bell is charged with fighting and baiting animals, attending an animal fight, cruelty to animals and resisting arrest. He has pled not guilty. 

Carlos Blue is charged with attending an animal fight and possession of cannabis. He hasn't entered a plea yet, according to court documents on file with the Orange County Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell's office. 

Jesse Combs is charged with fighting and baiting of animals, cruelty to animals and attending the fighting and baiting of animals. He has pled not guilty. 

Jarrod Swinton is charged with attending the fighting and baiting of animals. He has pled not guilty. 

Dale Jones is charged with attending the fighting and baiting of animals. He has pled not guilty. 

Markeith Williams is charged with attending the fighting and baiting of animals. He has pled not guilty. 

Deleon Hendley is charged with attending the fighting and baiting of animals. He has pled not guilty. 

Kevin Jones is charged with fighting and baiting animals, attending an animal fight, cruelty to animals and resisting arrest. He has pled not guilty. 

On Feb. 29, four more defendants will also go to trial: Martin Kerney, Mona Cumberland, Antonio White and Markeith Duncan. 

According to court documents, Adell Dawson's case is currently on appeal. 

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