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Murder charges for couple whose dogs killed runner


Bond has been set at $500,000 for a couple charged with second-degree murder after their dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on a rural Michigan road.


Valbona Lucaj and husband Sebastiano Quagliata appeared in front of a Lapeer County magistrate Friday. They're also charged with possessing a dangerous animal causing death.


Craig Sytsma of Livonia was attacked July 23 in Metamora Township, 45 miles northwest of Detroit. The dogs are cane corsos.


A message seeking comment was left for the couple's attorney.


The 44-year-old Lucaj is a native of Albania, while the 45-year-old Quagliata is from Italy. A federal judge in March refused to overturn a decision rejecting their application for naturalization. They have been in the U.S. since the late 1990s.

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