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Former Bexar County K-9 handler acquitted of causing death of dog

Duke and his K-9 trainer Ebony Jones in 2010. Rest in peace Duke.
Bexar County Sheriff's Office

On Friday, the Houston Chronicle reported former Bexar County K-9 handler, Deputy Ebony Jones was acquitted in the suspicious death of his five-year-old yellow Labrador retriever left in a hot squad car in 2010.

The dog named Duke allegedly died of heatstroke after Jones left the dog unattended in his vehicle for approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Jones stated he left the car to fill out reports with the air conditioning running. When Jones returned to his car, Duke was dead. Prosecutor Jessica Frazier, told the jury Duke's body temperature registered at 107.5 degrees two hours after the dog was found dead in Jones' patrol car on June 16, 2010.

Shortly after the prosecution rested their case, visiting Judge George Godwin instructed the jury to find the defendant not guilty because of "insufficient evidence." Obviously the judge was not convinced that Jones was responsible for the dog's death. Defense attorney, Mark Stevens stated:

"If he did die of heatstroke, it wasn't Ebony's fault. There must've been a malfunction in the car."

Jones plans to ask for his job back.

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