(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
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
"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.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:35:49 GMT
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