A rural Rogersville man and his wife were charged with felony second-degree manslaughter in connection with the fatal dog mauling death of an elderly bicyclist who lived nearby.
Court records show Joseph M. and Lindsay Brink were arrested and later released in November, nearly two years after dogs that authorities say the Brinks owned were suspected of killing Werner Vogt, 85, as he rode his bicycle near the Brinks’ home.
Vogt was attacked on Nov. 12, 2015, on Northwoods Road near his rural home southeast of Rogersville. He later died on Dec. 4, 2015, of injuries suffered in the attack.
Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole and two of his investigators spent months collecting evidence. The investigators eventually used DNA evidence from saliva swabs on numerous dogs in the area to conclude that two boxer dogs owned by the Brinks were responsible for the attack.
In August 2017, Brink and his wife agreed to a $300,000 settlement after Vernon Vogt – Werner Vogt’s son – filed a wrongful-death civil lawsuit against the couple.
According to the settlement, the Brinks agreed to pay Vernon Vogt $111,957.45. Corbett Law Firm, P.C., which represented Vernon Vogt, would receive $100,120.50, while Medicare would receive $87,922.05 in reimbursement for the portion of Werner Vogt’s medical bills the agency paid.
In November 2017, a Christian County grand jury indicted the Brinks on a criminal charge of second-degree manslaughter, court records show.
“Joseph and Lindsay Brink were aware of the aggressive disposition of the dogs and failed to maintain adequate control of the dogs by allowing them to run at large,” the grand jury indictment states.
Late Thursday, attorney Dee Wampler indicated he was representing Joseph and Lindsay Brink and said in a news release, “they deny any guilt or criminal negligence herein of this incident that occurred over 2 1/2 years ago.”
Wampler said the Brinks had cooperated with various law enforcement authorities “including inviting them into their home and visiting the Sheriff’s office.”
Sheriff’s investigators learned that two of the boxer dogs suspected of attacking Werner Vogt were later moved out of the county. One was sent to a Bolivar animal shelter, where it was adopted out to a rural Bolivar family.
Another was given to a rural Springfield man who acquired the dog through a Craigslist ad.
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