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Jury selection begins in deadly Grover Beach dog attack case

Posted at 3:22 PM, Mar 05, 2019

Jury selection began Tuesday afternoon in the case of a former Grover Beach police officer charged in connection with a deadly dog attack in 2016.

Alex Geiger has been charged with two felony counts of failing to maintain control of a deadly or dangerous animal and a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter following the December 13, 2016 attack that killed David Fear, 64, and seriously injured Betty Long, who was 85 at the time.

Geiger’s dogs reportedly got out of a gap in the backyard fencing of the home he was renting in Grover Beach at the time and attacked Fear and Long, who were neighbors.

One of the dogs, a Belgian Malinois, was euthanized after the attack. The other dog, a German Shepherd, was transferred out of Geiger’s custody.

Opening statements will begin once jury selection is complete.