January 8, 2014 Edition

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Murder case involves
Lawrence Co. natives

Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

A Lawrence County native is dead after being shot in his home on Sunday morning in the 23900 block along Highway 300 in Roland.

According to Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Jerry Digman, 58, formerly of Walnut Ridge, was shot and died at the scene. Digman was a chief ranger for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

Officials from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police were dispatched to the scene around 11:30 a.m.

Digman's wife, 55-year-old Pamela Digman, a native of Portia and graduate of Black Rock High School, was at the scene when authorities first responded to the shooting and told investigators "she had just shot her husband."

A warrant was sought and Pamela was arrested around 9:45 p.m. for first-degree murder.

According to ArkansasOnline, Pamela later stated "she shot her husband multiple times inside their home after an altercation."

Roughly 12 hours after her arrest, Pamela made an initial court appearance via video from the Pulaski County Jail on Monday. Public defender Betsy Johnston, who is representing Pamela, told the judge that investigators believed it to be self-defense.

Johnston also told the judge that her client was caught off guard by the arrest.

According to Johnston, investigators commented to news sources that it appeared to be self-defense.

"They in fact made a statement to the news to that effect, told her she would be released later on Monday evening and told her sons she would be released later that evening," said Johnston. "They believed it was self-defense. There's nothing in that articulation of facts that suggests why they changed their mind."

According to the police reports, Pamela shot Digman several times.

Digman graduated from WRHS in 1973. He was a former Walnut Ridge Police officer and a former officer for the Springdale Police Department. Prior to accepting the position as chief ranger for the Parks and Tourism group, he retired from the Arkansas State Police. He had a distinguished career of over 30 years with the state police and was named Trooper of the Year in 1991.

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