Dog fighting charges refiled
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Apr 26, 2013 | 5917 views | 7 7 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MANTECA – Three Tracy residents charged with dog fighting were arraigned in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Friday, April 26 after their charges were refiled by the district attorney’s office.

Kenneth Baldwin, 35, Gracie Baldwin, 36, and Luther Brewer, 49, face charges of aiding, permitting and training a fighting dog.

Kenneth Baldwin and Gracie Baldwin, husband and wife, face additional charges of being present at dogfights, cultivating marijuana and possession of hash oil.

Gracie Baldwin is also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, and Brewer faces additional charges of being a felon allegedly in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Friday’s hearing was the second time the defendants had been arraigned on the same charges.

On Wednesday, April 24 all of their charges had to be dropped, because Deputy District Attorney Robert Baysinger told the court he was not prepared for the scheduled preliminary that day.

With time not waived by the defense, Baysinger had to refile the charges on Friday.

During the arraignment, Judge Ron Northup approved a bail reduction for both Baldwins from $500,000 to $50,000 after denying a request to release them on their own recognizance.

Northup also ordered the defendants to not possess a dog through the conclusion of the case and scheduled a further arraignment hearing for 1:30 p.m. on May 16.

The three defendants are accused of aiding a large dog fighting operation that was raided by several law enforcement agencies in Benton County, Mississippi, on March 31.

Kenneth Baldwin was allegedly able to escape that raid, which led investigators to Tracy.

They were all arrested on April 3 when the sheriff’s departments of Sacramento and Placer counties, and the Humane Society of the United States, raided two homes in Tracy.

During the search of the homes — located at 2386 Lighthouse Circle and 2105 Elsie Way — officers allegedly seized 14 pit bulls that are believed to be used for fighting and more than 26 pounds of marijuana.

The Baldwins have remained in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp since their arrest and Brewer remains out of custody having posted bail for $300,000 prior to the preliminary.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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LuckyInTracyNot
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April 29, 2013
@ChrisRoberts I'm sure because this crime of dogfighting falls under 'despicable' and they are not going to let them walk, nor should they. You can't let animal abuse go, not at this degree. These people are evil and sick. As it the saying goes some people are alive today because modern world law protects them.
ChrisRoberts
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April 29, 2013
Our district attorney has no problem letting murderers and robbers back on the street, but goes after dog fighters like he has found Charlie Manson.

Don't get me wrong, I am glad these people are off the street... Especially since they were in the nice part of town.

But it would be nice if our DA showed this type of diligence with ALL of the heinous crimes that happen in Tracy.
Nojustice4myson
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May 03, 2013
Chris,i agree!!
DTB1445
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May 03, 2013
Um FYI, The District Attorney does not work for Tracy, he works for San Joaquin County.... as in also the city of Stockton... So, understandably his case load makes Tracy look like a utopia.
ARTHUR77
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April 26, 2013
I am very happy to see these creeps will not be skating from their despicable torturous acts toward innocent animals. They got caught this time, what other animals were killed or tortured by these three slimy worms. Good job District Attorney, they should see what them animals felt like when all they wanted was love but got frightened to death or maimed. No words describes these types of sub humans.
ShelleyWhalen
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April 27, 2013
My god, I don't think I've ever seen three bigger loosers in my entire life
foryourrights
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May 02, 2013
Why don't we just give power to the KKK, bring back Hitler and the LENCH MOB!!!??? Does anyone know the ACCUSED, has anyone seen the evidence, or are you just ready to through the rope over branch and start the hanging? People, or shall i say (Natzi ) I love your patriotic spirit but where are you getting your empirical evidence from .... THE MEDIA AND THE INTERNET...??? Let me guess we have the judge , the jury , and the DA all posting!!!? HANG THEM HIGH PEOPLE.......



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