Owners of dogs that killed jogger in country illegally - WNEM TV 5

Owners of dogs that killed jogger in country illegally

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LAPEER, MI (WNEM) -

There are reports the owners of the dogs that attacked and killed a jogger are in this country illegally.

The Metamora couple that owned them was facing possible deportation at the time of the attack that killed a jogger.

Now it's unclear how their illegal status could affect possible charges in Lapeer County. 

The Detroit Free Press reports in March a U.S. district judge refused to stop the couple's deportation, something the couple has been fighting for years, raising questions about whether they will face charges in the attack, or be deported first.

"I think that should be irrelevant, whatever the word is to the dog attack. You know that's an issue unto itself. And I think the dog attack is terrible. I think those people should be prosecuted," Ronald Griffin said.

A hearing is scheduled Friday on the fate of those dogs.

The assistant prosecutor was hoping to have the reports read so he could reveal whether charges will be brought against the couple.

"They're here, they wanted to be here, they got here illegally. Follow our rules. You're going to jail, prosecute them," Stacey Vailliencourt said.

Officials said Friday may only be the beginning for this couple's legal problems. 

Prosecutors will go before a judge Friday asking for all of the couple's dogs to be put down, including seven puppies.

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