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Opening statements continue in Los Angeles in the dog mauling trial of a San Francisco couple.

As her sometimes tearful attorney described what she says were Marjorie Knoller´s efforts to save Diane Whipple from two vicious dogs, Knoller also wept.

The defense says Knoller and her husband, Robert Noel were unaware the dogs they were keeping for two prison inmates were vicious.

In graphic statements this morning, prosecutor James Hammer showed the jury photos of Whipple´s wounds. He said Whipple´s throat was ripped apart, and that she had teeth marks on her head,

neck, back, breasts, arms and thighs.

Hammer says the dogs, Bane and Hera, were raised to be “aggressive guard dogs.”

Knoller is charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a mischievous animal that killed a human being. Noel faces the latter two charges.

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