Couple Arrested In Fatal Dog Mauling

Truth or Consequences – A husband and wife from Truth or Consequences whose four pit bulls killed a woman in April were arrested Tuesday.

The arrests of John and Maria Hardiman came less than three weeks after District Attorney Clint Wellborn said he lacked sufficient evidence to charge them.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that ( ) Wellborn now says the charges were the result of new information obtained after a September news conference when he announced the Hardimans wouldn't be charged.

John and Maria Hardiman were arrested on four counts each of violating the state's dangerous dogs law and one count each of conspiracy to commit a felony.

Margaret Salcedo was mauled by the dogs as she took a walk in her neighborhood April 24.

She died at a hospital a few hours later.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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