A woman is charged with murder after Kentucky State Police found a man dead in his backyard.

Melissa Wolke was arrested early Friday morning after KSP said they found her attacking a man at a home on US 25 in Conway, Ky.

According to an arrest citation, Rockcastle County dispatch received a call after a neighbor witnessed a woman jumping up and down on another person, and assaulting him.

The witness said that Wolke was punching the victim, giving commands to a large dog to get it to attack the man.

The pit bull was acting so aggressive, KSP said officers were not able to help the victim. Troopers said they then had to shoot the dog.

The arrest citation states that Wolke was belligerent and aggressive around troopers at the scene.

The victim was identified as Donald W. Abner, 55, of Richmond. Abner was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rockcastle County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner told WKYT it appears the dog bit the man. Troopers said it looked like the bites were near the neck and face.

Officials say the dog belonged to a woman who lived at the home.

KSP is investigating.

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