Friday, 20 July 2018 16:23

Man Convicted in Girlfriend’s Shooting Death

Dodd Dodd
July 20, 2018 – A man who initially told police that his 29-year-old girlfriend’s fatal gunshot wound to the face was self-inflicted was convicted Friday of killing her, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Donald Dodd, 38, who gave six different versions of how Rachel Pool was killed two years ago, was convicted of second-degree murder by a Criminal Court Jury.
He faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 31 by Judge Lee Coffee, who automatically revoked his bond following the verdict.
The incident occurred the evening of Jan. 21, 2016, at Dodd’s apartment in the 4400 block of Powell Ave. in the Berclair area of northeast Memphis.
Pool died of a gunshot wound between her eyes, with the bullet exiting behind her left ear, then entering the top of her left shoulder and exiting her back, according to the medical examiner.
The victim was left handed and a self-inflicted wound with such a trajectory would be very unlikely, the medical examiner ruled.
Dodd gave investigators several accounts of the incident that differed in the number of shots fired, in which hand she held the gun, and the distance of the gun from her when it was fired.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Marianne Bell and Patrick Newport of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners.
The Unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.