Defense argues alleged dogfighter couldn't see dogs

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The man Garden City police say owns the property where a dogfighting ring was is now battling it out in court.

Jackie Simmons claims he didn't know the dogfighting was happening in his back yard.

But despite his attorney's arguments, the judge decided there is enough probable cause to send Simmons case to the grand jury.

Garden City police arrested Simmons in December after they discovered a pitbull dogfighting ring on his property.

Investigators testified that both Simmons and his wife knew the dogs were on their property.

But Simmons' defense attorney Robert Isaacson argued the property is so large it is possible Simmons didn't see or hear the dogs.

"There is no way you can see his house from that pen. It is over 450 feet away and there is thick woods," Isaacson said.

At one point during the hearing, Isaacson argued it is a case of mistaken identity, but police say Simmons is the property owner.

Simmons has never admitted to actually participating in the dog fighting ring. But the prosecution said since it was his property and he appeared to know what was going on, he still deserves to face the charges.

Simmons is charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty and 11 counts of dogfighting.

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