Otis Jones, Lamarr Byrd and Donald Coleman dogfighting

Troy, OH

Miami County

September 9, 2001
Otis Jones hung a pitbull in his basement

Troy, OH

Miami County

April 22, 2003

A Miami County grand jury has returned indictments for misdemeanor animal-fighting against three Troy men accused of allowing dogs to fight in September.

Charges against Lamarr Byrd, 24, Donald Coleman, 20, and Otis Jones , 19, will be filed in Municipal Court.

Troy police reported they were called the evening of Sept. 9 to Jefferson and Harrison streets where a crowd had gathered and witnesses said dogs had been fighting.

Jones was released on his own recognizance following arraignment in Miami County Municipal Court on charges of felony dogfighting.

Byrd and Coleman also face misdemeanor charges of failing to insure a vicious dog and failing to display tags on dogs.

Coleman was released on his own recognizance following arraignment Friday. Byrd has posted a surety bond.

Update 9/22/01:

Lamarr Byrd , 24, and Donald Coleman, 20, were charged with felony dog fighting and misdemeanors of failing to insure a vicious dog and failing to display tags on dogs.

The dog-fighting charge against Byrd was sent to Common Pleas Court for further action after he waived a preliminary hearing. The dog fighting charge against Coleman was dismissed, with the stipulation that a new charge can be pursued.

Trial dates will be set in Municipal Court on the misdemeanor charges.

In October, 2001 a felony charge was dismissed with the stipulation that a new charge can be pursued.

Update 4/25/03:

Miami County Animal Shelter officials have filed charges against a Troy man they accused of hanging a pit bull dog that bit his 2-year-old son.

Jones, now 21, was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals, failure to insure a vicious dog and with committing a rabies quarantine violation, shelter director Pat Armstrong said.

Armstrong said the child received a `severe laceration' to his lip when he crawled onto a couch where Jones and the dog were sitting.

Animal shelter officials were sent to the house after learning about the attack from the Upper Valley Medical Center, where the child was treated, Armstrong said. The dog was dead by the time they arrived, 30 to 45 minutes after the attack.

Jones is to appear in Municipal Court on May 6.

Update 5/8/03:

Jones, accused of hanging a pit bull terrier that bit his 2-year-old son pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges Tuesday in Miami County Municipal Court.

The dog was dead when they arrived.

Jones is free on his own recognizance.

A pretrial conference is set for June 5.

Update 6/6/03:

Jones pleaded no contest in a plea deal with the county prosecutor's office.

Jones had been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals, failure to insure a vicious dog and with committing a rabies quarantine violation.

The latter two charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to the cruelty charge, his lawyer, Andrew Pratt, told Judge Michael Hemm of Miami County Municipal Court. Jones faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine when he is sentenced July 18.

Update 7/16/03:

Jones was sentenced in Miami County Municipal Court to jail for 90 days and fined $100.   Judge Michael Hemm said he still would consider reducing the sentence to house arrest.

Hemm scolded Jones for disobeying an earlier court order to get rid of the dog. A judge made that demand in 2001 after Jones was charged with a misdemeanor animal-fighting charge.  Jones denied the dog was ever involved in fighting.

Defense lawyer Andrew Pratt told Hemm that Jones failed to take prescribed medications the day of the hanging and is undergoing psychological counseling.

Update 3/6/08:

Lamarr Byrd, now 26, of Dayton, was charged with one count trafficking in drugs and one count possession of drugs.

According to the indictment, it is alleged that Byrd did prepare for shipment, ship, transport, deliver, prepare for distribution, or distribute approximately 40 grams of crack cocaine and knew or had reasonable cause to believe that the controlled substance was intended for sale or resale. Count two states that Byrd allegedly did knowingly obtain, possess, or use approximately 40 grams of crack cocaine.

Byrd has pled not guilty to the charges and is being held under a $100, 000 ten percent bond and an additional bond of $1, 000 ten percent secured.  His jury trial is scheduled for April 15, 2008, at 9 a.m.

Update 5/20/08:

Byrd pled guilty to possession of drugs, count two of his indictment, in connection with 40 grams of crack cocaine.

Count one was dropped as per the plea agreement and Byrd was sentenced to four years incarceration in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, along with a $7,500 fine.

Reference:

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

The Marion Star

Dayton Daily News

Troy Daily News