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Pit bull owner asks for bond reduction

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Cordova homeowner whose pit bulls attacked a neighbor and her dog faced a judge Monday.  Andre Robinson is charged with aggravated assault as a result of the attack.

During Robinson's court appearance, his attorney Marvin Ballin filed a motion asking that his client's $500,000 bond be reduced.

"This is tantamount to no bond at all," Ballin said.

Ballin said Robinson was charged with aggravated assault after the pit bulls in his garage got out of their cages while he was at work and ran out into the street.  It was 3:00 a.m. when the incident occurred: as neighbor Helen Marshall was walking her family dog, the pit bulls attacked Marshall and the dog. 

Ballin said his client was innocent of the charges he's facing.

"Our situation is that, as far as he knew when he left home, the garage door was down and the dogs were left in their cages," Ballin said.

Robinson's mother, Havand Rainey, insisted that her son kept his dogs locked up, and that someone trying to break into the garage opened the door that night, allowing the dogs to escape.  Rainey said rumors that the dogs have gotten out before are not true.

"I know for a fact that he doesn't let his dogs out, and all these people that are running around, lying, talking about he lets the dogs run up and down the street - that's a lie," she said.

As for the multiple wounds that Marshall and her pet suffered, Havand said her son is sorry.

"He feels bad for her because his dogs did it," she said. "He feels bad because they are going to put his dogs to sleep if they haven't done it already."

Robinson will appear in court again on Wednesday.

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