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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

[AR] Ex Officer Gardner's "accidental" killing of his girlfriend Marie Harper Cogburn

...Gardner told officers he used an AR-15 rifle to push the woman toward a door, and the gun went off...

WREG - Associated Press
9:02 AM CDT, March 9, 2009
LOCKESBURG, Ark. - A former Murfreesboro police officer will go on trial June 23 on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Daniel Gardner, 42, of Nashville is scheduled for a pretrial hearing May 27. Prosecutors accuse him of killing Marie Cogburn, 34, of Murfreesboro. The shooting occurred Jan. 10 in Lockesburg. Police say Gardner told officers he used an AR-15 rifle to push the woman toward a door, and the gun went off... [LINK]

Last month:

Former police officer allegedly shoots girlfriend in the back
Texarkana Gazette
By: Jim Williamson
Published: 01/13/2009
A Murfreesboro, Ark., woman died Saturday night after her boyfriend, a former Murfreesboro police officer, shot her in the back during an argument, officials said. When Nashville, Ark., police arrived at 118 Lockesburg St., Daniel Gardner, 42, was sitting on the porch with his mother. Thirty-four-year-old Marie Cogburn's body was found inside on a bed. She had been shot with an AR-15 rifle, police said... [Full article here]

1/14 8:59 am
[Excerpts] ...Daniel Gardner, 42, was arrested by Nashville police without incident at his home, where the shooting occurred. Chesshir said Gardner went to his mother's house after the incident and returned with her to the crime scene. The two were sitting on the porch when police arrived. Cogburn's body was inside on a bed. Chesshir says Gardner told investigators the shooting was an accident. Gardner told police he tried to push Cogburn in the back with the rifle and it accidentally discharged.... Gardner's charge has not been determined but would likely be either first or second-degree murder... [Full article here]

Nashville Funeral Home
July 19, 1974 - January 1, 2009
Marie Cogburn, age 34 of Nashville, Ar. Passed away, Saturday, January 10, 2009 in Nashville. She was born July 19, 1974 in Murfreesboro, Ar. to Don and Betty Rather Harper. She was a manager for Murphy Oil... [Full article here]
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  1. AnonymousJune 01, 2009

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    1. i know for a fact he told her to come to his house that night because i have a copy of the text messages.so who ever you are you need to get your facts straight.

    2. Family members of the shooter - usually a sister or mom - comment on this blog all the time - almost in every shooting death - how it's the victim's fault.

      Notice even the reason he was a cop for such a short time is someone else's fault.

      Normally I don't like to leave up these blame-the-victim-for-her-own-murder kind of comments, so I'm surprised I allowed that here. If you want me to remove it I will. But we know it was MURDER:.

      [AR][TN] Marie Cogburn's ex-cop boyfriend sentenced to 20 years for killing her

    3. i am the sister of the victim so i would appreciate it being removed.thank you very much. it was hard reading stuff like when we know it was his fault he had been threating to kill her .

    4. To sister. I'm sorry. I got confused and just read the stuff from top to bottom and got rid of the offensive post.

  2. What happened to the trial? Did it happen?

  3. Former officer on trial for murder
    By Associated Press
    Posted: Jun 23, 2009 8:31 AM
    Updated: Jun 23, 2009 2:17 PM
    DE QUEEN, Ark. -- Trial begins today for former Murfreesboro, Ark., police officer Daniel Gardner, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Marie Cogburn.
    Gardner, of Nashville, is being tried at the Sevier County Courthouse in De Queen.

  4. I suppose none of you guys saw Marie in the funeral home, they tried very hard to cover the bruises and the broken nose with makeup, but it was very clear he first beat the hell out of her, then shot her,he had to weigh at least twice her weight,he could have easily man handled her out the door any moment he chose, without a weapon....He is indeed a "coward" and a "cold blooded murderer"....Her three children will agree with me, I am sure....Hope to see you all in court, January 21, 2010.....Just know that we are aware of the "good ole boys system" and hope this is not a case in which it is used, but if it turns out that way, I can rest assured my Lord will handle him, he cannot plea bargain at the gates!!!

    1. Please elaborate on this. How was he controlling and verbally abusive back then, and with who?

  5. January 21st. Okay. Please keep me informed.

  6. I went to school with this person. He was very controlling and verbally and emotionally abusive at the age of 17-18. It is not the victim's fault. Danny was a damaged person even back then. How he ever became a police officer surprises and frightens me.

  7. I went to school with this guy. He was abusive and controlling even back then. How Danny became an officer of the law frightens me. It is not the victim's fault.I guess this dude is eligible for parole and he only got 20 yrs? What a joke. Family and friends of the victim, please stay safe.

  8. There are so many posts on this blog, but more importantly there are so many lives lost here. Each murder is so tragic and such a theft. Such a loss.


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