Georgia man pleads guilty in dog fighting ring

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Updated: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:15:56 EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia man has become the eleventh person to plead guilty in a dog fighting investigation stretching across four states.

Thirty-nine year old Edward Duckworth of Decatur, Georgia pleaded guilty to conspiracy Wednesday in federal court in Montgomery, Alabama. He admitted to helping transport a dog from Georgia to east Alabama for a dog fight in 2012.

When Duckworth and his companions were returning home, Georgia state troopers stopped their car and found a dead dog inside.

A few minutes after Duckworth pleaded guilty, his mother, 61-year-old Mae Gussie Duckworth of Decatur, was arraigned on a charge of threatening a witness in the case. She pleaded not guilty.

Ten others from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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