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Wife arrested in shooting death of top parks ranger

Attorney says investigators believed shooting was 'self-defense'

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 6, 2014 at 6:47 a.m. Updated January 6, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.

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Pamela Digman

The wife of the chief ranger for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism arrested in his fatal shooting Sunday was told by investigators they believed she acted in self-defense, an attorney said at a court hearing Monday.

Jerry Digman was found shot to death shortly before noon at his home at 23919 Arkansas 300 in Roland, the Pulaski County sheriff's office said in a statement.

His wife, 55-year-old Pamela Digman, was arrested about 9:45 p.m. on a charge of first-degree murder.

According to an arrest report, Pamela Digman was at the home when authorities first responded to the shooting and told investigators "she had just shot her husband."

In later questioning with investigators, Pamela Digman said "she shot her husband multiple times inside their home after an altercation," the report states.

Pamela Digman was booked into the Pulaski County jail late Sunday night and made an initial court appearance by video Monday morning before Pulaski County District Judge Wayne Gruber.

Digman didn't speak to the judge during the brief hearing, but a public defender representing her for the proceeding asked for a "reasonable bond" in part because of the nature of the shooting.

"Initially upon contact with the defendant, investigators told her they believed it to be self-defense," public defender Betsy Johnston said. "They in fact made a statement to the news to that effect, told her she would be released later yesterday evening, told her sons she would be released later that evening. They believed it was self-defense. There's nothing in that articulation of facts that suggests why they changed their mind. And I don't know why they then charged her with that."

A booking photo from the Pulaski County jail showed some red marks on Pamela Digman's neck, but it wasn't clear whether they were related at all to the shooting or the altercation that preceded it.

After weighing Digman's criminal history — a 2004 forgery conviction — and considering the nature of a "very, very serious" charge, Gruber set the bail at $300,000.

Jerry Digman had been chief ranger since July or August after retiring from the Arkansas State Police, officials told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Sunday.

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maelstrom says... January 6, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.

From the looks of her throat, chest, and eyes, it looks like he might have had it coming. Of course, from his title & position he was probably well-connected enough that we will never know for sure.

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JuanCarlosEspinoza says... January 6, 2014 at 10:02 a.m.

A friend claims to have witnessed an altercation Friday at the Heights Kroger in which he believes he witnessed the decedent confronting the defendant in a parked car with a man. The man confronting the pair reportedly was loud and abusive and yelled something about running to spread the story of infidelity to his and the woman's church.
The defendant's facebook page reveals 1) she is a pretty lady when made up and 2) Thursday was her birthday.
Very tragic.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 6, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.

Yep, maelstrom that is the way it looks to me. Hey aimee, any comments?

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HalALouyah says... January 6, 2014 at 11:48 a.m.

DDDKA-the suns out; aimee does not come out in the daylight hours.

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RBBrittain says... January 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

My guess is it's too early to know exactly WHAT happened, and we may never fully know. Cops do lie, but then so do perps; I'd take the "they told her she'd be released" part with a grain of salt. Cases of possible domestic violence are almost ALWAYS tricky; the devil, as they say, is in the details.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 6, 2014 at 7:36 p.m.

Soo RBB, those bruises? Slip and fall? Police brutality? Makeup makeover failure? Tell us what you see in the Photo.

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HalALouyah says... January 6, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

I'm sure she was not smart enough after the shooting to scratch herself up to make it look like self defense. When all of the facts come out it should interesting

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Morgancub says... January 6, 2014 at 11:16 p.m.

I'm sure, fellow Justices, that We need more facts before We rule on this one !!

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 7, 2014 at 8:24 a.m.

The ADG justices have spoken. We will have wait for their final ruling.

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Populist says... January 7, 2014 at 8:33 a.m.

Flipflop,

You are a pig. When she has on makeup, she probably is beautiful.

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