Dog owners face murder charge

METAMORA, Michigan (WDIV) – The couple that owns two dogs that killed 46-year-old jogger Craig Sytsma in Michigan were in court for their arraignment Friday morning.

Prosecutors filed second-degree murder charges against the couple that they say owned two dogs which fatally mauled the 46-year-old jogger in a rural township in Michigan.

Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson issued the warrants Thursday against 45-year-old Sebastiano Quagliata and 44-year-old Valbona Lucaj, who are also charged with possessing a dangerous animal causing death.

According to published reports, federal authorities say the couple are Albanians living in the Unites States illegally and facing deportation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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