Jury Selection Underway In Case Against Man Whose Dogs Reportedly Killed Woman In 2017

Monday, November 1st 2021, 4:52 pm
By: Erika Lee


Jury selection is underway in the case against a man charged with manslaughter after his dogs killed an elderly woman in 2017. 

Antwon Burks is facing second-degree manslaughter charges after police said his dogs mauled an elderly woman and her dog to death in 2017.

In April 2017, 82-year-old Cecille Short was out for her morning walk, when police said Burk's two dogs escaped from his backyard and fatally attacked Short and her dog.

Records show Burks was out of town when the incident occurred.

News 9 reached out to Short's family, but they said they're too emotionally drained to have an interview but will be attending the trial.

Here's what her daughters, said back in 2017.

In 2017, Short's daughters, Melinda Short and Lisa Carlile, said Short was well-known and loved in the neighborhood.

“She’s seen the kids in the neighborhood grow up,” said Melinda Short. “She’s kind of adopted several of them.”

They also said she and her dog were inseparable.

“It is very fitting that they’re together,” Carlile said. ”He was her little buddy.”

Court records show neighbors said Burk's dogs were often found running loose in the neighborhood long before the attack.

News 9 reached out to the district attorney's office and Burk's defense attorney, but they said they will not be able to comment until the trial is over.

The trial is expected to last until Friday.