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Jul 1, 2015

Patnett Acquitted in Supreme Court

Shelda Patnett

Today, Shelda Patnett was formally acquitted of the charge of Manslaughter by Negligence by a nine member jury who was instructed by Judge Troadio Gonzalez to return a not guilty verdict against her.  Back in May 2010, Patnett and her then common-law husband, Leon Lopez, were jointly charged but on indictment, the D.P.P. proceeded to trial only against her. She is accused of causing the death of Edmund Spain which occurred on May thirty-first, 2010, in the Tropical Park area of Hattieville. Spain was viciously attacked by two pit bull dogs but there was no evidence presented in court to support that she was the owner of the dogs and insufficient evidence that she even lived at the house adjacent to Spain.  But the brother of the deceased, Bernard Moore believes justice was not served in the death of his brother. 


Bernard Moore

Bernard Moore, Brother of deceased

“Well, as Mister Spain explained, that they moved there one month and the dogs were living in their yard, so they have to be the owner of the dog. I don’t understand how the judge will come to the conclusion that the dog nuh have no owner. The dog came under the fence, bite Mister Spain and when the police came and fire a gun shot in the air, the dog went right back under the fence that they came in from, so obviously the dog has to have an owner. So, I don’t know how the judge came to the conclusion that the prosecutor didn’t prove that the dog has an owner. I just don’t understand it. I am not a lawyer and I don’t know how these things work. But even the defendant, Miss Patnett, went to the hospital and she explained to Mister Spain that she is sorry about what happened and she is willing to take responsibility for all his medical attention and told Mister Spain the dog was his. Then you have this next guy, Mister Lopez, who at the time was the boyfriend of Miss Patnett who also admitted that he is the owner of the dog, so both of them admit ownership of the dog because both of them were living in the said two concrete that the prosecutor explain. So, I can’t understand why the judge never allowed this case to go to the jury because the jurors were already listening to this case for about four or five days. So, it is kinda little suspicious to me. I don’t want to point fingers but I am not pleased with the case of this outcome has occurred.”

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