Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Crawford County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man who may have been mauled to death by pit bulls outside his home.
Sunday afternoon, Crawford County deputies found 76-year-old Lee Bechum dead outside his home. 

"He did have bite marks on his body. We are going to send his body to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy," said Sheriff Lewis Walker.

Coroner Sheldon Mattox says Bechum's arms and legs were mauled with dog bites, likely from one or more of the pit bulls in the neighborhood. 

County officials say THREE OR FOUR PIT BULLS LIVE NEXT DOOR  to where Bechum's house is. The neighbors say the dogs have been causing trouble since the owners moved in less than a year ago.
"I met the dog right here at that cedar tree. My wife was sitting there. I went in and got my shotgun. I went up here just a-waving my shotgun," said Monty Beverly, pointing out where he saw one of the pit bulls less than a month ago.

Beverly was Bechum's neighbor and friend. 

Beverly says when he turned away, the dog, which he guessed weighed around 120 pounds, raced towards him four different times.
To defend himself and his wife, Beverly says he shot at the dog.
"If I knew them dogs were going to jump on my buddy down there, he'd be a dead dog. That's all I got to say," Beverly said. 

Sheriff Lewis Walker says they won't take the neighbor's dogs until the cause of death is determined.
"If it's anything indicating that it was the dogs, then we'll be moving further with the investigation," Walker said. 
Mattox says the autopsy has been rescheduled for Tuesday morning. He hopes to know the cause of death by then. 




2020 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 8  (5 adults + 3 children )


CA - 1 (6)
GA - 1 (8)
IL - 1 (7)
IN - 1 (4)
KY - 1 (1)
MS - 1 (5)
NM - 1 (2)
OH - 1 (3) 

Neighbor's pack of Pits Killed man in his own yard
Family Pit Killed Man, 26, in home
Family Pit Killed 5-yr-old in home
Family's Pit Killed Infant in Bedroom
Friend's Pit Killed Man in his own Yard
Relative's Pit Killed Elderly Man Sitting in Wheelchair in yard
Parent's Pit Killed 4 month old with Mother Sleeping in same room
Pack of Dogs on Indian Reservation Killed Woman Walking on the Street 

1)  1-8 - Kay Torres - 52 - Taos Pueblo NM - Mauled to death by a Pack of Dogs mid morning on Wednesday, January 8 - The longtime teacher's backpack was found in the street and the dogs were standing over her - She had many dog bites to her body.

2) 1-9 - McKenzie Terwell - 4 months old - Dayton OH - The father returned home to find the infant on the floor not breathing - He  told the dispatcher that a family member was supposed to be watching the child - The child bled to death  -  A neighbor said that they had seen 3 to 4 pit bulls in the yard this summer - Reports say she was attacked by 1 pit and it was ruled "AN ACCIDENT - However, now they are reporting that the mother was asleep on the couch and had taken prescription drugs and did not hear the dog kill the baby.

3) 1-10 - Donald W. Abner - 55 -  Conway, Rockcastle County KY -  Police were called around 3:40am on Friday morning by neighbors who said there was a commotion in a yard nearby - One article reported that a girl friend of the victim who was staying with him at the home and owned the Pit Bull was standing near the body jumping on him and ordering the pit bull to attack him - Police were met by the very aggressive pit and they shot it to gain access to the victim - The woman was traumatized by the attack and was taken to a hospital for observation - The victim had bites on his head and face but autopsies will be conducted on both the victim and the dog - The woman was arrested for using a pit bull as a weapon against the man.

4) 1-25 - Julian Connell - 26 days old - Lafayette IN - It was reported that the infant was in a bedroom and the pit bull began fighting the beagle - apparently in the same room - a teenage brother managed to take the beagle out but later returned and the pit bull was standing over the baby that had injuries to head and neck - The teenage brother called 911 - It appears the mother was in the home at the time. 

5) 1-30 - Harvey J. Harmon - 76 - Attala County MS - The elderly man was in his wheelchair in the yard when 4 dogs said to be pit bulls attacked him dragging him from the chair and killing him - Two of the pits belonged to his nephew who lived with him and two appeared to be strays that hung out around them - Three of them were put down immediately and one was said to have escaped. 

6) - 2-10 -  STERLING VER MEER  5 - Oro Grande CA - He was killed by the family pit bull  named 'Thor' that was 12-years-old and it was reported that the male pit had been with the family since it was a puppy - It was first reported that the monster killed the child in a room in the house but later reports showed an outside shed-type building a few feet from the house where the dog was kept.

7) 2-11 - DEVIN WHITE - 25 - Plainfield IL - 4 people were injured in this attack by a family pit bull on Saturday, Feb 8 - Devin White was taken to a hospital with severe arm injuries and then transferred to another hospital where he died on 10th of February.

8) 2-23 - LEE ALVIN BECHAM - 76 - CRAWFORD COUNTY GA - He was found dead in his own front yard covered in bite marks - Neighbors say the neighborhood was having a problem with one neighbor's many pit bulls.


2-18 - COREY GODSEY - 13 - KNOTT COUNTY KY - the child was attacked and killed on a steep hillside in rural eastern Kentuckyand was finally found on a cold, dark and rainy night, it was first said that it was a dog attack or canine attack - The Medical Examiners have now said the cause of death was consistent with an animal attack but the type of animal has not been confirmed.  


1) 2-6 - Unidentified Pit Bull Owner - A man trying to escape his 2 pit bulls attacking him in his home was killed when a neighbor hearing the commotion grabbed his crossbow and ran to shoot at the dogs but inadvertently shot the pit bull owner instead killing him. 

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