Marjorie Knoller Dog Mauling Conviction Upheld — Husband Foresees Appeal

A state appeals court on Friday upheld the second-degree murder conviction received by Marjorie Knoller after the woman's hulking presa canario dogs in 2001 mauled Diane Whipple to death.

Knoller was imprisoned in 2002; she was paroled in '04, but returned to jail in 2007 after superior court judge Charlotte Woolard reinstated a verdict of second-degree murder. Reached for comment about a potential appeal, Knoller's husband, Richard Noel — who served time for involuntary manslaughter in the wake of Whipple's death — told SF Weekly, “That's up to Marjorie and her lawyer, you expect them to, but I don't really

have any comment on it.” 

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