Argument leads to murder in Exeter

Thursday, December 15, 2005

An argument over frozen deer meat turned deadly on Sunday when an Exeter man was shot and killed outside the home of a woman who now stands accused of his murder.

Adella Fae Patton, 44, of Exeter, has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of 45-year-old Kevin Madison, also of Exeter.

According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, officers were dispatched to a residence off of Highway C in rural Exeter at around 3 p.m. on Dec. 11. When officers arrived, Epperly said they discovered Madison lying in the yard and Patton holding a rag over a wound on his forehead.

Exeter First Responders and Cox Ambulance crews also responded to the dispatch call, and Madison was pronounced dead at the scene. Epperly said Madison was shot once in the forehead.

Officers arrested Patton at her home without incident. The weapon used in the shooting, a .22-caliber revolver, was also recovered.

"This started as a domestic," Epperly said. "Patton had called Madison about deer meat he had stored in her freezer. She wanted him to come get it out and when he arrived, they started arguing."

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Rob Evenson, who is one of the crime scene investigators, Patton and Madison began arguing outside her residence. Patton claims that Madison assaulted her by "clocking" her. Patton responded by entering her residence and retrieving a revolver that she told officers she bought to protect herself from Madison.

Patton then went back outside, according to the affidavit, and fired a round over Madison's head, telling him to leave. Patton said Madison turned to face her, yelled an obscenity and then moved toward her.

Patton fired another round at Madison but this time the bullet struck Madison in the forehead.

The affidavit reveals that Patton ran into the house, got a rag and then went back to Madison to try to stop the bleeding.

In his affidavit, Evenson said officers observed what appeared to be powder burns around the entry wound in Madison's forehead, which would be consistent with a close contact wound.

Patton told investigators that this was not the first time she had shot at Madison. Patton stated that she was not trying to hit Madison "but was shooting over his head and only wanted him to stop and talk to her."

Epperly said that Patton and Madison were not living together at the time of the shooting but had lived together in the past.

Patton was arraigned before Barry County Associate Judge Michael Garrett on Monday. Her bond was set at $250,000. Patton, who is being held in the Barry County Jail, is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 15, 2005.

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