Dog owners arraigned on 2nd-degree murder charges in man's mauling

METAMORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The couple that owns two dogs that killed 46-year-old jogger Craig Sytsma was in court for their arraignment Friday morning.

Prosecutors have filed second-degree murder charges against a couple they say owned two dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger in rural Michigan.

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.

According to published reports, federal authorities say the couple are Albanians living in the U.S. illegally and facing deportation.

Read: Couple facing murder charges, deportation after dog attack

The dogs are Cane Corsos. A judge ordered them to be euthanized.


A message seeking comment was left for the couple's lawyer Thursday night.

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

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