DETROIT (WWJ) – The owner of a group of pit bulls that dragged a 4-year-old Detroit boy from his mother and killed him will have to wait until the New Year to find out if he will stand trial in the case.
A preliminary examination for 41-year-old Geneke Lyons, charged with second-degree murder, began this week in the city’s 36th District Court. But apparently there wasn’t enough time for Judge Lydia Nance Adams to make a decision, and she postponed the case until January 7.READ MORE: MDOT: Final Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Of 2021 Starts September 25
Xavier Strickland was walking with his mother in Detroit when they were attacked by pit bulls Dec. 2 on Baylis Street, near the Lodge Freeway. Police had to shoot the dogs to free the boy’s body. Three were killed; a fourth was euthanized.
Defense attorney Francisco Villarruel says the dogs were dangerous, not the owner.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy has called it a “harrowing example of irresponsible pet ownership.”READ MORE: Invasive Species Found After Mid-Michigan Dam Failures
“The evidence in this case will show that these dogs saw this child as meal, and we believe that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged actions of the defendant in this case rise to the level of murder in the second degree,” Worthy said.
Separately, a civil lawsuit has been filed by Xavier’s parents against Lyons. Xavier’s father, Clarence Strickland, said he wants to see justice.
“The pain I feel, I want him to feel the same way. But he wouldn’t ever because it wasn’t his child, so he ain’t going to feel the way I feel in my heart,” he said. “His 4-year-old boy didn’t get chewed up by dogs, so he ain’t going to feel my pain.”MORE NEWS: Recall Effort Launched In Alma After Migrant Housing Vote
Lucille Strickland, who said she relives the horror of the attack every day, claims Lyons knew the dogs were dangerous but did nothing to keep the community safe.