Attorney To Use “We All Have To Go Sometime” Defense
All eyes will be on the county courthouse next week when the trial of Kent Dalmon gets underway. Dalmon, a quiet, unassuming man, has worked as a dog trainer for the past 30 years. It was last August that an accident thrust him into the limelight.
Dalmon was training a golden retriever named Muffin to be a leader dog for Mrs. Arlene Bouchette, a 74-year-old Chrislip resident who had been blind since birth.
He was supposed to deliver Muffin to Mrs. Bouchette on August 4th, but he inadvertently delivered Eraserhead, a German shepherd he’d trained as a police attack dog.
The mistake was noticed when Mrs. Bouchette was found on 4th Street, 9th Street, and Brockton Avenue. Her family immediately filed a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit against Kent Dalmon.
Dalmon’s lawyer, Patrick Kast, discussed his courtroom strategy with the Journal.
“I just plan to point out to the jury that we all have to go sometime,” he said. “My uncle died of a heart attack, but you didn’t see me getting all sue-y. And in this case, Mrs. Eraserhead loved animals, so who’s to say she didn’t die exactly the way she would’ve wanted to?”
When reminded that the victim’s name was Mrs. Bouchette, the lawyer replied “Oh yeah.”
He also said that his client is very remorseful about the tragedy. “When he heard that the lady had been killed, Mr. Dalmon said ‘Oops’. If that doesn’t show contrition, I don’t know what does.”