June 16, 2012 · 7:50 PM
Justice on April 19
Back in April I reported on the horrific case of a 4-month old pit bull puppy that was doused with lighter fluid and set ablaze in a South Dallas apartment complex. Dallas Animal Services named the dog Justice. Despite their best efforts, he died from his injuries nearly 2 weeks after the incident. A woman who lived in the complex and witnessed the attack identified one of the assailants as Darius Ewing. Ewing eventually turned himself into authorities and is scheduled for trial in November. Now, 3 other men identified as conspirators, Richard Anthony Valentine, Darius Lamar Carey and Adrian Michael Ayers, have been charged. Ayers was already in custody for an unrelated offense, but Valentine and Carey turned themselves into police the other day. According to the affidavits, Ewing threw the lighter fluid onto the puppy, while Valentine flicked a cigarette onto the animal. The Dallas County District Attorney’s office enhanced the charges to a 3rd degree felony due to the use of a deadly weapon. Punishment ranges from 2 to 10 years in prison.
This case sickened everyone in the Dallas / Fort Worth metropolitan area. I’m glad someone had the courage to step forward and identify the first suspect. Although Texans can be a little quirky, we take animal cruelty serious.
May 18, 2012 · 8:06 PM
Justice was recovering in a Dallas animal shelter before he died last month.
I reported last month about the case of a 4-month-old puppy that was doused in lighter fluid and set afire in South Dallas apartment complex. The animal suffered severe burns over 70% of his body and died 4 days after the incident. Police named him “Justice” and sought information about the perpetrator. A woman who lived in the complex and witnessed the attack finally came forward to identify 18-year-old Darius Ewing as the perpetrator. Ewing turned in himself shortly afterwards. A judge set Ewing’s bond at $100,000, but at a hearing this morning in Dallas County, the amount was reduced to $50,000. Ewing’s mother testified that her son is not a flight risk and complained that the bond was too high because he didn’t kill a person. Despite his age, Ewing already has an extensive juvenile criminal record going back 4 years. He’s been charged previously with assault and has gang ties.
His mother’s comment pisses me off. Stupid bitch! I don’t care that her precious baby didn’t kill a person. Just because she doesn’t seem to view him far removed from Pampers doesn’t mean he’s not a danger to society as a whole. I’ve noticed a lot of these punks have mothers who appear clueless. If Ewing set a dog on fire, who’s to say he wouldn’t do the same to a human? A child? An elderly person? Gang members have no soul and therefore, deserve no sympathy or compassion – no matter how badly their mothers cry. I’ll keep everyone updated, as this case strikes a personal chord with this animal lover.
April 19, 2012 · 1:45 PM
This story has been at the forefront of the news in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for the past several days. Justice was a pit bull puppy who was hung from a wrought-iron fence in an apartment complex in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas, doused with lighter fluid and set on fire last week. The animal actually survived the initial blaze, but suffered such severe external and internal burns that he passed away the other day. A reward for information leading to a suspect or suspects has reached $25,000.00; the highest amount for an animal cruelty case I’ve ever seen. A woman came forward recently, however, and identified a culprit. Dallas police now have a warrant out for the arrest of 18-year-old Darius Ewing. Dallas Animal Services is asking that any other witnesses, or anyone with more information, call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477. All calls will be confidential.
Personally, I’d have no problem seeing whoever burned Justice suffer the same fate, but civil liberties groups might get a tad bit upset.