- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A 10th defendant has filed court papers seeking to plead guilty in a multi-state dog fighting investigation headquartered in Alabama.

William Antone Edwards of Brantley is the latest defendant to file papers in federal court in Montgomery. A federal judge on Thursday scheduled a plea hearing for Edwards next week.

Federal investigators charged 14 people in the investigation last. In addition to the 10 who are seeking to plead guilty, two are asking to enter a pre-trial diversion program. Two others are still scheduled for trial.

Court records show the arrests stemmed from a four-year investigation that included an undercover officer attending fights in east Alabama and police stopping some suspects with bloody dogs in their vehicles after the fights. Investigators seized more than 400 dogs during the investigation.

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