The criminal charges against Noel and Knoller were as follows:

  • Against Noel: 
    • Death caused by a mischievous animal
    • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Against Knoller:
    • Death caused by a mischievous animal
    • Involuntary manslaughter
    • Second degree murder

Kenneth Phillips' analysis of these charges is given below. For a general review of the laws forming the basis of these charges, see: