KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A Kalamazoo man arrested in Georgia was arraigned Monday in Kalamazoo on charges from two incidents, including murder and dog-fighting.
Sam Steel faces six charges related to the shooting death of Milo Conklin in April 2011: murder, felony firearms used to commit murder, felony firearms used in an assault with intent to commit murder, and separate firearms charges.
He also faces two charges for an incident in November 2011: exporting an animal for use in fighting and breeding a fighting dog. Additionally, he faces to other misdemeanors from a different date for not providing adequate care for animals and for animal neglect.
Steel was arrested by the FBI August 6 in Georgia , hiding under the alias Glen Norris. He has ties to at least one of the men arrested in a dog-fighting case in Kalamazoo.
He was tracked down by dog breeding records.
A Kalamazoo animal control officer knew Steel was using sperm banks to preserve his dog's blood line, and she contacted those banks.
"A few weeks ago, (sperm bank officials) made contact with the officer and they told her (Steel) had been trying to contact them several times to move the sperm out of state," said Steve Lawrence of the Kalamazoo Animal Control. "They had the phone numbers he called from."
Those phone numbers were given to the FBI Fugitive Task Force, and on August 6 Steel was taken into custody because of the trail he left behind as a dog-fighter.
Steel has six previous felony convictions. He was denied bond at his arraignment.
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