PINEVILLE — A 43-year-old McDonald County woman was found guilty Friday, of attempted murder in the 2nd degree and armed criminal action following a trial before the Honorable Calvin Holden, a Circuit Judge from Greene County. The one day trial was held in Newton County on a change of venue.

PINEVILLE — A 43-year-old McDonald County woman was found guilty Friday, of attempted murder in the 2nd degree and armed criminal action following a trial before the Honorable Calvin Holden, a Circuit Judge from Greene County.  The one day trial was held in Newton County on a change of venue.
Bill Dobbs, McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney, stated that Patricia M. Halverson shot her husband, Al “Doc” Halverson, at their residence on New Bethel Road, Anderson, on the afternoon of Dec. 1, 2015.  Doc Halverson suffered a gunshot wound to the right temporal region of his head, with the bullet traveling through the upper palate and lodging in the lower left jaw.
Investigators from both the McDonald County and Newton County Sheriff’s departments interviewed Ms. Halverson multiple times during the investigation.  Throughout the investigation, Ms. Halverson maintained that she did not shoot her husband, but consistently stated that she and the victim were the only persons present at the residence at the time of the shooting.
At trial, investigators reconstructed the events at the time of the attempted murder.  According to testimony, Deputy Halverson had come home at the end of his shift, walked his dog, talked with his wife, and settled into his chair to take a nap.  Deputy Halverson testified that he was wakened by “an explosion in [his] mouth” and realized he was bleeding from his nose and mouth. At that time, Patricia Halverson called 9-1-1 and rendered aid by bringing the victims towels with which he covered his face.
Paramedics Shelby Turner and Donnie LeMasters testified that the victim was conscious and responsive at the scene, and was asked if he had “done this to himself”, to which Deputy Halverson responded “no.”
During trial, Patricia Halverson was asked by her attorney “…did you shoot Doc Halverson?”  Patricia Halverson responded, “yes, I did.”  Ms. Halverson claimed that she had not been able to remember what had occurred for over a week after the shooting, but that she realized now that the injuries to her husband was caused by and “accidental discharge” of a 9 mm handgun when she was going outsider to shoot an armadillo in the yard.
Holden determined that claim to be unbelievable.
Ms. Halverson will be sentenced on May 15, 2017.