Murder charges for couple whose dogs killed runner

July 31, 2014 - 10:05 PM
Runner Dies-Dog Attack

This Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo shows the stretch of Thomas Road near Brauer Road in Metamora Township, Mich. where 46-year-old Craig Sytsma, of Livonia, was killed after being attacked by two dogs while jogging around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled Sytsma could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Amanda Emery) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed second-degree murder charges against a couple they say owned two dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on in rural Michigan.

The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1kpvj4S ) reports that Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson issued the warrants Thursday against 45-year-old Sebastiano Quagliata and 44-year-old Valbona Lucaj. They're also charged with possessing a dangerous animal causing death.

A message seeking comment was left for the couple's lawyer Thursday night. The dogs are cane corsos.

Craig Sytsma of Livonia was attacked July 23 in Metamora Township, 45 miles northwest of Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reports that federal authorities say the couple are Albanians living in the U.S. illegally and facing deportation.

The prosecutor says a hearing on whether the two dogs will be put down will be postponed from Friday.