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Wife of 29-Year State Police Veteran Charged with Murder

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(KATV)-The wife of a former Arkansas State Police lieutenant and the current Chief Ranger of the Arkansas Department of Parks appeared in court today charged with first degree murder. A judge ordered $300,000 dollar bond for 55 year-old Pamela Digman, who is accused of killing her husband Jerry Digman. Her attorney says she acted in self defense.

The police report shows Digman called police saying she had shot her husband multiple times after an altercation.

Her mug shot shows red marks on her neck, but it isn't clear if that was caused from the incident.

The Arkansas Department of Parks says they were shocked to hear that Digman was shot and killed Sunday morning.

"It's a real tragedy. It's like a nightmare you don't wake up from," said Richard Davies, executive director of Parks and Tourism.

Digman was recently hired in July to oversee Arkansas' Park Rangers. He had previously served as a lieutenant for 29 years with the Arkansas State Police.

"He was a great teacher and mentor due to his vast knowledge in law enforcement training," said State Parks Director Greg Butts.

The Arkansas State Police released a statement from Colonel Stan Witt offering condolences.

"Anyone who has worn the badge of the Arkansas State Police, both past and present, is saddened by the loss of Jerry Digman who exhibited a lifelong passion to serve his fellow man as a trusted law enforcement officer," Witt said.

Digman was one of 38 State Troopers in the department's history to be recognized as Trooper of the Year.

"Arkansas has lost a friend and a ready law enforcement officer in the death of Jerry Digman.  His friendship and service as a law enforcement officer will be missed by the State Police and the Arkansas State Parks Service," Witt said.

A document of Digman's retirement shows he kept his police guns after retirement, but it isn't clear if one of those weapons was involved in the shooting.

Today in court, Digman's defender said investigators originally told Digman they believed it was self defense, then charged her with first degree murder. 

 "Well you know obviously that's an aspect that our investigators looked at. And it's not to say that 100 percent of the story is actually out there right now. But based on her statements she made to investigators and the physical evidence at the scene. They felt there was a determination there to go ahead and make the charge," said Lt. Carl Minden of the Pulaski County Sheriff's office.

Channel 7 News reached out to Pamela Digman's family and her attorney for comment but did not hear back.