COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s high court has reinstated the conviction of a Dillon County man whose dogs killed a 10-year-old boy.
The state Supreme Court Wednesday reversed a lower court’s decision overturning Bentley Collins’ conviction and sentence for involuntary manslaughter and owning dangerous animals.
In 2006, six of Collins’ dogs attacked, mauled and killed John Matthew Davis, whose body was found in Collins’ yard.
Collins was convicted in 2007, sentenced to five years in prison and ordered not to own any more dogs. But the Court of Appeals ruled in 2012 a trial judge had been wrong to allow prosecutors to show the jury gruesome photographs taken by a pathologist who did the boy’s autopsy.
Justices disagreed, saying the trial court was correct to admit the photographs as evidence.
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