CONWAY, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky woman who authorities say released her pit bull on a man has pleaded not guilty to murder in his death.
Melissa Wolke, 38, pleaded not guilty Monday to all charges including murder, alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, news outlets reported.
Rockcastle County Coroner Marvin Owens has told news outlets he was called to a Conway home Friday for a reported fatal dog attack.
Wolke was found on top of 55-year-old Donald Abner punching him and telling her pit bull to attack him, Kentucky State Police said.
Police told Wolke to stand down but she refused. An arrest document said a stunned gun was used on the woman and her dog. But when the pit bull ran toward one of the officers, the dog was fatally shot, police said.
Trooper Scottie Pennington previously said Abner had dog bites on his face and head. Owens said Abner was dead on the scene.
An autopsy is being performed on the man to confirm a cause of death. The dog's remains also will be examiend to determine if the animal had rabies.
Bail was denied Monday because the coroner's report was not finished. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.