1 plans to plead guilty in Ala. dog fighting case

In this Aug. 23, 2013, photo provided by the ASPCA, dogs sit at a home in Auburn, Ala. A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. U.S. Attorney George Beck said Monday, Aug. 26 that at least 12 are charged with conducting an illegal gambling business and multiple dog fighting charges, including promoting dog fights. (AP Photo/ASPCA)
In this Aug. 23, 2013, photo provided by the ASPCA, dogs sit at a home in Auburn, Ala. A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. U.S. Attorney George Beck said Monday, Aug. 26 that at least 12 are charged with conducting an illegal gambling business and multiple dog fighting charges, including promoting dog fights. (AP Photo/ASPCA)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – One of the 14 people charged in connection with a multi-state dog fighting investigation has filed notice that he plans to plead guilty.

Irkis Forrest of Theodore filed court papers saying he intends to plead guilty to one count in the dog fighting case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody has scheduled a hearing May 2 in Montgomery for Forrest to enter the plea.

Another defendant, Carlton Tippens of Riverdale, Ga., is seeking entry into a pre-trial diversion program. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins has severed Tippens’ case from the others while he seeks entry into the program.

Most of the remaining defendants are scheduled for trial May 8 in Alabama.

Investigators seized 367 dogs in raids last August in Alabama and Georgia. They obtained more dogs later.

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