Man pleads guilty to murder

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 24, 2008


A Valley Grande man faces 20 years to life after pleading guilty to the murder of his brother nearly two years ago.

Jamie Harvell, 19, of 68 County Road 848, pleaded guilty Monday in Dallas County Circuit Court before Judge Jack Meigs.

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Meigs ordered a pre-sentence report before deciding Harvell&8217;s punishment.

Harvell shot and killed his brother, Justin Harvell, with a rifle at his home, Nov. 25, 2005.

Justin Harvell died of a single gunshot wound to the upper right shoulder. Dallas County sheriff&8217;s deputies found him lying on his back in the kitchen.

Court records state that Jamie Harvell told his father, Danny, that he accidentally shot his brother when a rifle fired as Jamie walked out the door to go hunting.

Yet, during an interview with Dallas County investigator Roy Freine and Emma Stacey Peoples of Safetynet Academy three days later, the youth said he was arguing with his brother over chewing tobacco, took a 22-caliber rifle from a gun cabinet, stood on a coffee table, pointed the rifle at his brother and pulled the trigger.