Kenneth Baldwin, 35, Gracie Baldwin, 36, and Luther Brewer, 49, face charges of aiding, permitting and training a fighting dog.
Kenneth Baldwin and Gracie Baldwin, husband and wife, face additional charges of being present at dogfights, cultivating marijuana and possession of hash oil.
Gracie Baldwin is also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, and Brewer faces additional charges of being a felon allegedly in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Friday’s hearing was the second time the defendants had been arraigned on the same charges.
On Wednesday, April 24 all of their charges had to be dropped, because Deputy District Attorney Robert Baysinger told the court he was not prepared for the scheduled preliminary that day.
With time not waived by the defense, Baysinger had to refile the charges on Friday.
During the arraignment, Judge Ron Northup approved a bail reduction for both Baldwins from $500,000 to $50,000 after denying a request to release them on their own recognizance.
Northup also ordered the defendants to not possess a dog through the conclusion of the case and scheduled a further arraignment hearing for 1:30 p.m. on May 16.
The three defendants are accused of aiding a large dog fighting operation that was raided by several law enforcement agencies in Benton County, Mississippi, on March 31.
Kenneth Baldwin was allegedly able to escape that raid, which led investigators to Tracy.
They were all arrested on April 3 when the sheriff’s departments of Sacramento and Placer counties, and the Humane Society of the United States, raided two homes in Tracy.
During the search of the homes — located at 2386 Lighthouse Circle and 2105 Elsie Way — officers allegedly seized 14 pit bulls that are believed to be used for fighting and more than 26 pounds of marijuana.
The Baldwins have remained in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp since their arrest and Brewer remains out of custody having posted bail for $300,000 prior to the preliminary.
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