A Pike County man who fatally shot his older brother last year has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree murder.
Danny W. Dowdle, 47, of Delight, entered the plea Friday in Pike County Circuit Court with Judge Tom Cooper presiding. Dowdle received the maximum sentence of 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with five years suspended. He was originally charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his brother, David L. Dowdle, 53, and was set for a jury trial to begin next week.
When questioned by Judge Cooper about why he shot his brother, the defendant stated, “He (David) had been beating up on my parents for years and I had had enough.”
David Dowdle died of at least one gunshot to the head the night of April 29, 2013 at a home on Highway 26 East in Delight. The victim was found unresponsive on the floor surrounded by a large amount of blood. His body had apparently been moved, as evident from bloody “drag marks” found at the scene. The weapon used was a .22 caliber revolver pistol which was recovered from the home that night.
When investigators interviewed Danny Dowdle on April 30 he admitted to shooting his brother after the two had been in an argument. He further stated he intended to kill his brother when he shot him the head.
According to information filed on the case, evidence collected at the crime scene and a report by the state Medical Examiner “did not coincide with the number of rounds that the Medical Examiner stated had struck the victim.”
“This case was worked by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police. I’m pleased with the outcome and convinced that justice was served for the citizens of Pike County,” said Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir of Nashville, who prosecuted the case along with Deputy Prosecutor Jana Bradford of Glenwood.