Kenneth Baldwin, 35, Gracie Baldwin, 36, and Luther Brewer, 49, are charged with 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, while Brewer faces additional charges of being a felon allegedly in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The three 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.
The Baldwins were arrested at 2386 Lighthouse Circle, and Brewer at 2105 Elsie Way.
During the search of the homes, officers seized 14 pit bulls that are believed to be used for fighting, according to police.
Judge Ron Northup denied separate requests by the defendants’ three attorneys for a reduction in their bails.
The defendants’ charges require the judge under California Penal Code 1275 to take into consideration public safety, prior convictions and the seriousness of the offense when altering bail amounts.
Attorney Jesse Garcia, who was hired to represent Brewer, asked the court to reduce his client’s bail from $300,000 to $100,000.
Garcia believed that the eight ounces of marijuana allegedly seized at his client’s home was being unfairly added to the 26 pounds allegedly seized at the Baldwins' house.
Jay Alan Childs, court-appointed attorney for Gracie Baldwin, said she had only one criminal conviction in 2001, and asked for a bail of $90,000.
Public Defender Berthier “Butch” Maciel, who represents Kenneth Baldwin, said his client has criminal convictions from the 1990s and 2003.
Judge James Cadle had reduced the Baldwins original bail on April 5 from $1.4 million, but left Brewer’s the same because a reduction wasn’t requested by his attorney.
Northup set a preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. on April 24 at the Manteca branch.
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