Kentucky State Police last week arrested 29-year-old Daniel Kai Alexander of Gilbertsville as one of the owners of the three pit bulls believed to have mauled a Benton man to death.
The Gilbertsville community has remained in a state of unease since June 29 when the body of 46-year-old Brian S. Butler of Benton was found off Highway 282 (Gilbertsville Highway) near McCoy Street, where police say he was attacked and killed by three pit bulls. On July 3, KSP arrested Alexander, believed to be one of the owners of the three dogs, and placed him in the Marshall County Detention Center. He is currently out on bond.
Alexander is charged with tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony, and duty of person, hospital or institution finding or possessing dead body, a Class B misdemeanor.
KSP investigators believe Alexander had knowledge of Butler's body on McCoy Lane and did not contact the proper authorities. The body was later located by a passing motorist who called 911.
In a statement, KSP said investigators are confident the three pit bulls now quarantined at the Marshall County Animal Care and Control are the only dogs responsible for the attack on Butler but urge continued caution with any roaming dogs in the area.
An autopsy was conducted on Butler's body June 30 and the medical examiner's preliminary diagnosis for cause of death was sharp force trauma from a dog attack.
The death investigation is ongoing by KSP Detective Brian Hill. Anyone with information is asked to contact KSP Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app, which is available for iPhone, iPad and Android and is free to download through Apple and Google Play stores.