New Trial Starts in KCK Pit Bull Death

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A second trial is under way in Kansas City, Kan., in the death of a 71-year-old woman during a pit bull attack.

Derick D. Lee is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the July 2007 attack that left Jimmie McConnell dead after she was mauled while working in her garden. Lee's first trial in Wyandotte County District Court ended May 3 after jurors couldn't reach a verdict.

Prosecutors contend that Lee's pit bull, which was banned by city ordinance, caused the death. District attorney Jerome Gorman said Monday that Lee kept the illegal dog in his yard and that McConnell was alive when some of the injuries occurred.

The cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia.

Lee's lawyer argued in his first trial that McConnell might have died of a heart condition as a result of working before the attack.

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