February trials scheduled in fatal attack by dogs

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan couple facing murder and other charges in the fatal mauling of a jogger by two of their dogs will stand trial in February.

The Detroit Free Press reports separate trials have been scheduled for Sebastiano Quagliata and his wife, Valbona Lucaj, beginning Feb. 3 in Lapeer County Circuit Court. They face up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Forty-six-year-old Craig Sytsma was attacked by two cane corsos on July 23 in Metamora Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit.

Both cane corsos and another dog from the property were later euthanized.

Published: Mon, Jan 05, 2015

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