Tracy residents accused of dog fighting crimes will stand trial
by TP staff
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MANTECA — Three Tracy residents will go to trial on charges involving dog fighting based on a finding Wednesday by a superior court judge in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Kenneth Baldwin, 35, Gracie Baldwin, 36, and Luther Brewer, 49, are accused of aiding and permitting dog fighting and training dogs to fight.

Kenneth Baldwin and Gracie Baldwin, husband and wife, are also accused of being present at dogfights, cultivating marijuana and possessing hash oil, according to Deputy District Attorney Ron Indran.

As case prosecutor, Indran said the only charges that were not upheld by Judge Ron Northup were a charge against Gracie Baldwin for being a felon in possession of ammunition and a charge against Brewer for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The ruling followed three court delays after the defendants’ preliminary hearing on Nov. 8 and Jan. 8.

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

The Baldwins and Brewer were arrested April 3 when the sheriff’s departments of Sacramento and Placer counties and representatives of the Humane Society of the United States raided two homes in Tracy.

During the search of the homes — at 2386 Lighthouse Circle and 2105 Elsie Way — officers seized 14 pit bulls allegedly used for fighting, dog fighting equipment and more than 26 pounds of marijuana.

Out on bail, the defendants were ordered to return to Department 35 of the Stockton courthouse at 8:30 a.m. March 25 for further arraignment.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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