Update: Mother, Daughter Found Guilty in Deadly Dog Attack Trial

Update: Mother, Daughter Found Guilty in Deadly Dog Attack Trial

A 75-year-old woman was attacked and killed by a dog last year in Hot Springs Village. Two women, charged in her death, are on trial.
(Update 11:15 p.m. October 8):
SALINE COUNTY, AR - Emily Coy has been sentenced to 120 days in jail and one year probation. Her mother Brande Coy has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and 1 year probation. Both will also have to pay $2,500 in fines.

(Update October 8):

A verdict has been reached in the fatal dog attack trial. Emily Coy, 25, and her mother Brande Coy, 50, have been found guilty in the death of 75-year-old Joan Kappen.

Brande Coy was found guilty of negligent homicide while Emily Coy was found guilty of unlawful dog attack.

Joan Kappen was taking her morning walk last November in her Hot Springs Village neighborhood when she was attacked by Emily Coy's bull mastiff-pit bull mix dog.

(Update October 8):
SALINE COUNTY, AR - One of the women charged in the death of an elderly woman mauled and killed by a bull-mastiff pit bull mix took the stand in her trial today.

75-year-old Joan Kappen was taking her morning walk last November in her Hot Springs Village neighborhood when she was attacked.

This afternoon for the first time we heard from the woman prosecutors say is responsible for the attack.

Brande Coy was watching her daughter's dog the morning it killed Joan Kappen. She's charged with manslaughter and unlawful dog attack.

Her daughter, Emily Coy who owned the dog is charged with unlawful dog attack.

On the stand today Brande Coy appeared very emotional and cried throughout the questioning.

She told the jury she let the dog out through the garage and went to check on her blood sugar when she heard screaming.

Coy said she went running and saw the dog mauling Kappen. At one point Brande Coy said, "I crawled on top of her. I had to lay my body on top of her and let him bite me instead."

Coy says she eventually got the collar around the dog's neck, took it inside and called 911.

The prosecution has shown evidence throughout the trial that the dog bit other people before the attack and came from the same litter as a dog that also killed a little boy in Jessieville.

Attorneys say the Coys knew the dog was dangerous and should never have left it outside without a leash which led to Kappen's death.

(Original Story, January 6):
BENTON, AR - Two women facing arrest warrants in a deadly 2013 dog attack have turned themselves in.

Brande Coy, 50, and her daughter Emily Coy, 25, surrendered to the Saline County Sheriff's Office on Monday morning and were booked into the jail.

Brande Coy faces charges of manslaughter/recklessly causing death, unlawful dog attack and harboring a vicious dog while her daughter faces a single charge of harboring a vicious dog.

Officials say Brande Coy, of Hot Springs Village, owned a bullmastiff/pitbull mix dog named Patrone that attacked and killed a 75-year-old neighbor on Nov. 21. Joan Kappen had been out walking near her home at the time of the attack.

Last week, an arrest affidavit in the case revealed that another dog from the same litter as Patrone had killed a 5-year-old Jessieville boy on June 9.

The affidavit also claims that Patrone's owner knew or had reason to know his history of aggression and biting or snapping at a number of people on multiple occasions without provocation.

Brande Coy told investigators Patrone had bitten her sister in the face two months before Kappen's attack while Emily Coy revealed to an animal control officer that the dog would "bite out of fear," it said in the affidavit.

The affidavit also stated that Emily Coy had been bitten on two separate occasions, and she was aware that Patrone had bitten a neighbor in the face in July 2012.

"Brande Coy recklessly allowed the dog to attack another person. Brande acted recklessly by allowing the dog out in a public area unsupervised and unsecured. Accoriding to witnesses, the dog had also been allowed out in a public area unsupervised and unsecure on at least one occasion to the incident involving Kappen," said the affidavit.

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