Kentucky woman pleads not guilty to murder in dog attack

CONWAY, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman who authorities say released her pit bull on a man has pleaded not guilty to murder in his death.

News outlets report 38-year-old Melissa Wolke pleaded not guilty Monday to all charges including murder, alcohol intoxication and resisting arrest.

Kentucky State Police say they responded to a home Friday for a reported fatal dog attack. Police say Wolke was found assaulting 55-year-old Donald Abner and encouraging her pit bull to attack him. Police say the dog was fatally shot and Wolke was shot with a stun gun. Police say Abner had dog bites on his face and head.

An autopsy is being performed on Abner and the dog.

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