Maximum Sentence for Darius Ewing for Setting Dog, Justice, on Fire
  • Petitioned Hon. Larry Mitchell

This petition was delivered to:

292nd Judicial District Court Judge
Hon. Larry Mitchell

Maximum Sentence for Darius Ewing for Setting Dog, Justice, on Fire

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, United States

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August 2013

Victory

When Hand4Paws heard how 18-year-old Darius Ewing poured lighter fluid on a four-month-old puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him, a petition was written to bring Justice for Justice, as the dog was named. On August 20, 2013, before the case went to trail, Ewing entered a plea, agreeing to a five-year sentence. Judge Larry Mitchell then reduced Ewing's sentence to two years. Once more, the petition brought in more signatures until on August 23, 2013, and more than 37,000 signatures later, DFW Rescue Me, who took in Justice, was called back to the courthouse by the judge. Judge Mitchell then determined Darius Ewing to be guilty of causing the death of Justice by fire. Thanks to all the public outrage, including those who signed and commented on this petition, Ewing now faces five years in jail.

Dallas, TX: As hundreds of animal lovers held a candlelight vigil for the severely burned puppy now known as Justice, the man reportedly responsible for setting him on fire, 18-year-old Darius Ewing, turned himself into police. A warrant had been issued for his arrest, and a $25,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for harming the puppy.

DFW Rescue Me came to the rescue of the little four-month-old puppy. They named him “Justice”, since that is what they hoped he would get. He was rushed to an emergency clinic for treatment, however Justice sustained third degree burns on more than 70 percent of his body, and his poor little body could not handle it. Justice died 10 days after Ewing allegedly poured lighter fluid on the Labrador puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him.

The police report states that when they arrived at the scene, the badly burned puppy was hiding. It also states that a group of people were present and laughed as Ewing threw his lit cigarette at Justice. The group also had a rope, so possibly intended on hanging the little puppy as well. Police are still looking for the other suspects.

Ewing was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, a State Jail Felony in Texas. State Jail Felonies are punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, Darius Ewing receives the maximum sentence allowable under law for animal cruelty. Please speak out against animal cruelty and help get justice for Justice by adding your signature to this petition.

See more pictures of Justice and read more about his story on DFW Rescue Me’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DFWRescueMe

For more information on this story: http://www.examiner.com/article/breaking-news-man-that-set-dog-on-fire-dallas-texas-turns-himself-in?CID=examiner_alerts_article

Read more about the candlelight vigil here: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/04/21/suspect-in-justice-the-dogs-case-arrested/

Image courtesy of: DFW Rescue Me

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.  Please see updates under "News" section below.

To:
Hon. Larry Mitchell, 292nd Judicial District Court Judge
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that if found guilty, Darius Ewing, the man accused of setting the dog named Justice on fire, be given the maximum sentence allowable under law.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. VICTORY! Judge determines Ewing to spend 5 years in jail

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      August 23, 2013: We will be closing this petition, after receiving this wonderful news from DFW Rescue Me:
      "DFW Rescue Me was called back to the courthouse this morning by the judge. Not a clue on the reason. Judge Mitchell has determined that Darius Ewing is guilty of causing the death of Justice by fire. Whether it was all the public outrage? Or the massive amount of emails, letters, and comments? Or his "supporters" asking what the hell he was thinking? Darius Ewing will be spending his next five years in the penitentiary for killing the 4 month old puppy, Justice. His sentence begins today. He will get credit for time served.

      Finally. Finally.

      Justice for Justice.

      As always, with much appreciation for the help and support you give.

      www.dfwrescueme.org"

    2. Reopening petition

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      August 21, 2013: Although we closed this petition after Ewing's sentencing, we are reopening it, as the DA's office is hoping to appeal. So please continue to share. If the public outrage over the judge continues, there may even be a new judge appointed.

    3. Darius Ewing, 3 others sentenced

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Ewing entered a guilty plea on Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year sentence. The judge on the case, however, reduced his sentence to two years.

      Three others also pleaded guilty to one count each of felony animal cruelty. Darius Carey, 25, was sentenced to two years in jail. Richard Valentine, 25, and Adrian Ayers, 21, each received 15 months in jail.

      Prosecutors are considering an appeal for Ewing's case.

      Read more here: http://www.examiner.com/article/justice-the-dog-set-on-fire-receives-no-justice?cid=db_articles

    4. Reached 35,000 signatures
    5. DFW Rescue Me Update

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The trial for Justice is being postponed. The judge has granted one of the defense attorney's Motion for Continuance. Jury selection in now set for April 22 with testimony to begin April 25, 2013.

    6. Petition is now closed

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Petition is now closed so it can be sent to the target. Thank you so much for signing!

    7. Burned Puppy Case Plods Along Slowly

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all the animal rights supporters who showed up at Ewings court date. It looks as though there will be several more court dates scheduled. According to this article, "The judge in the case said prosecutors and the defense could meet a half dozen times before deciding if and when the case will go to trial".

    8. Court date

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Next court date is scheduled for 6/14/12. Thank you so much for signing and sharing this petition.

    9. Reached 25,000 signatures
    10. Bond hearing May 18th

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Darius Ewing's bond reduction hearing now set for Friday, May 18 at 9:00 am. Location: 292nd Judicial Court, Sixth Floor, Frank Crowley Courts Building at 133 N. Riverfront in Dallas.

    11. Bond hearing

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The bond hearing for this case is set for May 11, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the 283rd Judicial District Court. Judge Rick Magnis will be presiding.

    12. Reached 20,000 signatures
    13. Suspect wanted in puppy-burning surrenders to Dallas police

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      This article includes an interview with a woman who said that prior to being set on fire, she saved Justice after someone tried to hang him. The woman told the reporter: "I just seen it hanging from the gate; I had to cut it down. You are taking a life basically, like setting your brother on fire," the woman said. "People don't understand that it is animal cruelty."

    14. Reached 9,000 signatures
    15. Thank You

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      We will update this petition once we find out more about the court dates. Thank you so much for signing and sharing, and helping to bring justice to Justice! We'll never forget you, little one.

    16. Reached 7,000 signatures
    17. Reached 3,000 signatures
    18. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Laura Wade LAFAYETTE, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      People this unempathetic and casually violent (like Ewing) are dangerous to EVERYONE. Such crime must be taken seriously & dealt with appropriately.

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    • April Slater FELTON, DE
      • about 1 year ago

      Maximum sentence please!!!

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    • Penny Arbulu NIAGARA FALLS, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals are defenseless creatures. If this man could set a puppy on fire imagine what he could do to another human being. He is sick and depraved.

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    • Dawn Giannone AUBURN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      He is an animal abuser....he needs to do some time, or something....what is next, children??

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    • Adam Patrech AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals are sentient beings.

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