It’s a great day for owners of vicious, deadly dogs that kill people…

To steal a bit from the late, great Norm MacDonald, it’s finally official – second-degree manslaughter is legal in the state of Oklahoma!

In what’s considered a landmark verdict for people who want to own dangerous dogs, but face no criminal accountability when those dogs get loose and kill a person, a jury acquitted Antwon Burks yesterday of second-degree manslaughter charges after his dogs killed Cecille Short in April of 2017.

The jury did this despite there being a documented history of Burks’ killer dogs – which he paid $8,000 for – escaping from his backyard and causing havoc in the neighborhood.

Via The Oklahoman:

Neighbors of the victim testified for the prosecution about seeing the dogs roaming loose over and over. They told jurors Burks knew because he would apologize on the Nextdoor app.

“There was always an acknowledgment and an excuse,” one prosecution witness, John Mallory, said.

He described how he kept the dogs away from frightened children in the days before Short was killed. Eventually that day, he confined them to fenced-in tennis courts.

Witnesses told jurors about arming themselves because of the dogs and about how they would not let children in their care play outside. One witness described how the dogs acted aggressively as he and his wife walked a puppy.

One neighbor distributed a flyer in the neighborhood after seeing the dogs try to get at another dog on Oct. 30, 2016. A male on a bicycle got between the dogs and their target, according to testimony.

Maybe it’s due to me and my dogs being attacked by other dogs a few times while walking through our neighborhood, but I think if you make a conscious decision to own dogs that have the ability to kill a human, and these dogs repeatedly escape from your property because you won’t properly secure it, and then they actually go out and kill someone in an unprovoked attack, your probably guilty of some criminal act and should spend a little time in jail. But then again, what do I know. I’m apparently not a moronic juror.

DA David Prater was a bit nicer to the jurists:

District Attorney David Prater said, “We are heartbroken for the family of Cecille Short. This has been a horrific and preventable tragedy to that family. We don’t understand the verdict of the jury but we respect it.”

In all fairness to the jury, some of Burks neighbors did testify that the dogs were nice to their kids. I guess that’s important, because as we all know, if big, dangerous dogs are nice to people that they’re familiar with, they obviously don’t pose a threat to anyone else. Or something like that.

Anyway, I’m not a lawyer – I just pretend to be one when I talk to women at bars – but I hope that Short’s family can at least file and win some sort of civil wrongful death lawsuit against Burks. He may not have to spend time in jail for his negligent stupidity that cost a grandmother her life, but at least the family can get some sort of financial compensation, and hopefully make it financially difficult, if not impossible, for Burks to ever spend $8,000 on killer dogs again.

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8 Responses

  1. Juries in Oklahoma:
    Have a woman miscarry after doing drugs – “let’s send her to prison.”
    Have a guy not keep his vicious dogs contained and they kill and tear an elderly woman to pieces – “nope, we’re good with that.”

  2. If a similar jury hears a civil case against the dog owner, then I don’t like the plaintiffs’ chances of winning. Badly-controlled dangerous dogs in Oklahoma are a cultural marker like guns – and a “Don’t tread on me” flag.

    Just when I think an Oklahoma jury can’t stoop any lower, I have forgotten that there is no rock bottom any more. It’s madness all the way down. A native woman miscarries and goes to jail. A guy’s vicious dogs kill an old woman… too bad.

    At least the dogs’ owner doesn’t get away entirely without consequences. Police shot and killed one of his expensive dogs at the scene of the… incident. The fate of the dog that was “held as evidence” isn’t clear. And I hope that the guy’s legal defense cost him a bundle.

  3. So sayeth the next criminal Lawyer: Your Honor, Oklahoma having already set precedent regarding 2nd degree manslaughter, I have instructed my client, and he has brought with him, a Cashiers Check today made out to the Oklahoma Court System in the amount of 4,200$ and he’d sure enough bump it a couple more hundred in cash if needed.
    Along with this my client will apologize for backing over that little old Lady on the sidewalk while trying to shut off the “Roll Coal” switch on his 3/4 ton diesel he’d left on the night before.

  4. How disgustingly disappointing. However, this sets another precedent as well. If you see a loose pit bull you can exercise your constitutional right and blow holes through it with your open carry firearm, which I fully intend on doing given the opportunity. Low self esteem and pit bulls go hand in hand.

  5. It’s also pretty much legal in Oklahoma to run over and kill someone with your car while your’re distracted looking at tiktok and not serve any jail time too. Most pedestrian murders from people driving vehicles and not paying attention to the road go without any sort of punishment for the driver here.

    It’s ironic that there is a subset of Oklahomans that are incredibly focused on killing a man serving a life sentence for murder (guilty or not) yet they don’t care at all for someone who was taking a leisurely walk in their neighbord and was killed by a dog from an irresponsible owner.


    1. I thought roadkill was only legal if they were holding absolutely any form of a protest sign, had raised their voice on a public street, or were just straight up Commies, the newest reason to be plowed over especially now that most Oklahomans are on the lookout for any Reds amongst us.
      Thank you Senator Damn.

      1. The sad thing is they deem anyone who doesn’t support Trump a commie. They couldn’t tell you the difference between communism, socialism, totalitarianism or capitalism and just asking that question is going to get you labeled a commie. But they’re lining up in droves to become national socialists. ‘Murica first!

  6. The fault lies with the Oklahoma Count D.A.’s Office. They overcharged the case and instead of charging it with the correct offense, they tried to do what Prater does in everything – bully his way around. The jury followed the law and acquitted. Next time, Prater should charge someone correctly. Maybe he should have tried “terrorism” as that seems to be his fallback.

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