On December 3, 2008 an Oklahoma man died of an apparent gunshot wound in Stone County, Missouri.
The Stone County Sheriff’s Department reported that deputies had went to a house in the Stormy Point neighborhood that is near Branson, Missouri late that night on December 3, 2008, after receiving a call about gunshots being fired.
When stone County Deputies arrived they found 44 year old Del Brant Moore of El Reno, Oklahoma on the ground. Once the Paramedics arrived they pronounced Del Brant Moore dead at the scene.
Picture Above~Stone County Office Deputies responded to this home at 53 Sherman Way in Patterson Duck Club, the scene of an alleged shooting& homicide.
According to a probable cause statement the Authorities discovered that Del Brant Moore had an altercation with his 57 year old stepfather Neil Dowdy in Neil Dowdy’s home at 53 Sherman Way that is located just west of Branson. There altercation resulted in Neil Dowdy shooting Del Brant Moore one time in the face with a 9mm Browning Hi-Power pistol. Del Brant Moore died instantly at the scene as a result of the gunshot wound to his face.
Neil Dowdy was arrested on charges of second degree murder and armed with a $750,000 bond. However this was later amended and was broken into two parts, one for each crime committed. Court records indicated a signature bond for $550,000.00 was posted with Neil Dowdy’s brother in addition to a $200,000.00 surety bond.
Neil Dowdy pleaded not guilty in 2009 to both charges against him. If he is convicted of 2nd degree murder, the he faced 10-30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Stone County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby
According to the Stone County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby, “The defense attorney’s for Neil Dowdy had filed a motion asking for the case to be kicked out or dismissed because of the Castle Doctrine.”
Under Missouri Revised Statute Chapter 563, known as the Missouri Castle Doctrine, Missouri residents are given the right to use lethal force in defense of their homes and families against illegal intruders.
Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby said the Judge should rule on the motion in the next couple of weeks. Depending on the Judge’s decision, on April 6, the case could be sent to trial.
“We think this issue of self defense is one that should be decided at trial,” Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby said.
On April 6, 2009 the judged ruled and a an original jury trial date was planned for Jan. 25-29, but was moved after Stone County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby requested a continuance in the case.
However during Neil Dowdy’s preliminary hearing on Jan. 26, 2010 Capt. Tim Gideon of the Stone County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Division testified that while following up on a report of a gunshot at the home, deputies discovered Moore was suffering from a gunshot wound to the face whom was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The alleged shooting resulted from an argument between Neil Dowdy and Del Brant Moore. Neil Dowdy is married to Barbara Dowdy, whom is Del Brant Moore’s mother. Capt. Tim Gideon testified that Neil Dowdy and Del Brant Moore were involved in an altercation inside the house in which alcohol was involved.
The judge granted a motion by the defense to suppress certain evidence. Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby has appealed that decision, but the issue will not be resolved in time for the jury trial that was set for March 23-26, 2010.