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Dog owner could be charged in Henderson man's death

Posted June 6, 2012

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— A dog owner could face a murder charge if authorities determine his pitbull was responsible for a Henderson man's death last month, authorities said Tuesday.

Person County deputies found the body of Eugene Cameron, 65, under a carport at 1189 Semora Road, west of Roxboro, on May 26. Family members said he was checking on the house while his friend was out of town.

Witnesses said that Cameron was found naked, with his clothes balled up beside him, and bloody dog paw prints surrounded him. He had a severe injury to his right arm that could have caused him to bleed out.

Sheriff Dewey Jones said preliminary autopsy results indicate that the injuries that killed Cameron were consistent with a dog bite, and county animal control officers seized an 8-year-old pitbull named DMX from Antonio Ford, who lives next to the house where Cameron was found dead.

Analysts with the state crime lab and the FBI are testing blood and hair samples, and a veterinarian plans to make a casting of DMX's teeth to compare it with the wounds found on Cameron, the sheriff said.

If authorities determine that DMX is to blame for Cameron's death, Person County prosecutors are willing to pursue a manslaughter charge against Ford, Jones said. The charge might be upgraded to second-degree murder if investigators can establish that the dog was known to be violent, the sheriff said.

Residents have said that the dog sometimes roams the neighborhood and tries to attack their dogs.

Ford maintains that DMX was caged up the night Cameron was killed and that he believes a person or a wild animal is responsible for the attack. He said investigators should get bite impressions from other dogs in the neighborhood as well.

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  • UNCFarva Jun 14, 2012

    How horrible! All pits should be put down. Every stinking day its another story of a pit attacking, mauling or killing someone. You dont hear labrador retriever kills man...or golden retriever mauls children....NO YOU DONT. Kill all the pits and make the breed extinct. End of story.
    hckyplyr72
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    Wow...excellent logic. I suppose then if a teenager goes on a shooting spree we should, by your logic, kill all teenagers...you are a credit to society.

  • Classified Jun 13, 2012

    "Well if anyone attempted to shoot my dogs, they better be ready to be shot back at in self defense for my dogs. I'll take a proactive stance for my own dogs." rk1115

    If the person is being attacked then you can add gun charges to the other charges already coming your way. Hope you like jail time.

  • nonemeant Jun 12, 2012

    Am I missing something? The victim was naked with his clothes balled up next to him. That dog is worth millions.

  • hckyplyr72 Jun 12, 2012

    How horrible! All pits should be put down. Every stinking day its another story of a pit attacking, mauling or killing someone. You dont hear labrador retriever kills man...or golden retriever mauls children....NO YOU DONT. Kill all the pits and make the breed extinct. End of story.

  • tantdogtanthomeboy Jun 7, 2012

    Heart gos out to the family of Eugene Cameron also my God be with you. If this is the Eugene Cameron that use to work at Royal Home Fashion then he was a wonderful man always laughing and always had postive things to say.

  • parichar77 Jun 7, 2012

    "Sounds like time to lock and load."

    You might try loading and locking. Then your gun will be locked and loaded. I am not sure how you can load a locked(chamber closed) gun.

  • not my real name Jun 7, 2012

    Learn a lesson about keeping your dog on your own property everyone. He should be charged.

  • miseem Jun 6, 2012

    I'll take a proactive stance for my own dogs.
    rk1115
    Need to be careful about blanket statements. In the wrong situation, you may end up with an active sentence for your proactive stance. Of course, many dog owners, like many parents, are in total denial about bad habits of their pets.

  • MRS PG Jun 6, 2012

    It is possible the man's clothes were ripped off. The dog (whichever dog it may have been) could have been bathed.

    I think the report may have been worded for sensationalism, as if a man being killed is newsworthy enough

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 6, 2012

    Rachel - No matter how well an owner cleans a dog after something like this, a good vet would be able to find evidence in the dogs coat or teeth. Further, if the police does it's job fully, they will get DNA tests on the dog to match to anything left in the man's wounds. They can also do teeth impressions and match them to the bite marks. IF...they want to be sure they have the right animal.

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