The jury trial scheduled for this month of a former Omaha highschool principal and head boy basketball coach accused of killing his spouse has been postponed.
A pretrial listening to within the homicide of 52-year-old Rocky Brian Dodson is now scheduled for December 13 and the jury trial for January 30 on the Boone County Courthouse in Harrison.
Dodson’s second-degree homicide trial was scheduled to start final Monday. Court paperwork present his legal professional, Shane Wilkinson of Bentonville, was granted an extension final month, and District Judge John Putman adjourned the trial to late January.
Boone County lawmakers had been known as to the couple’s Stonegate Drive residence in Omaha on March 6, the place the physique of Dodson’s spouse Amanda was discovered on the lounge ground.
Amanda Christine Dodson was born in Mountain Home and labored within the Omaha and Cotter faculty districts.
According to the possible trigger affidavit, the girl’s physique had “severe bruises on her legs, arms and upper torso areas.”
Rocky Dodson known as 911. He claimed he found his late spouse when he awoke round 9am on March 6.
He advised investigators his spouse returned residence within the early hours of March 6. He mentioned he let her into the home, put her on a sofa and went into the couple’s bed room.
In the possible trigger affidavit, Rocky Dodson paints a considerably unflattering image of his spouse — amongst different issues, he advised investigators that she was a persistent alcoholic.
He admitted that he and his spouse had been the one ones in the home on the time of the homicide. Summarizing the proof, an investigator mentioned, “Rocky Dodson was the only person present who was able to strike the blow to Amanda Dodson that caused her death.”
The girl’s physique was despatched to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s workplace in Little Rock. The physician who carried out the post-mortem reported discovering “exterior bruising and bleeding on the entrance of the neck, extreme edema (swelling) all through the neck muscle tissue within the Adam’s apple space, and fractured, fractured, and crushed tracheal cartilage. ”
The physician mentioned she believed the blow to the neck brought about the sufferer “severe agony” instantly.
She mentioned the accidents brought about the sufferer to expertise vital respiratory issues because of diminished oxygen uptake.
In addition, the accidents “cause the victim to wheeze, cough or gurgle.”
The physician mentioned everybody current on the scene ought to have recognized the sufferer was in severe misery, however Rocky Dodson didn’t point out to the investigator that he had seen any misery on his spouse’s half.
The physician mentioned in her skilled opinion, Amanda Dodson’s accidents had been the results of “blunt force trauma.”
Dodson has entered a not-guilty plea on the homicide cost and is off on $250,000 bail.