A judge ruled Monday afternoon that a Fort Gibson woman should be held for trial on a charge of shooting with intent to kill.

Assistant District Attorney David Pierce called the victim, Jerry Clopton, and Sheriff’s Investigator Becky Thompson as witnesses in the preliminary hearing for Dardanella Pearl Clopton, 57.

Jerry was shot in the chest and abdomen with a .22-caliber revolver in May. He was treated for the gunshot wounds at Muskogee Regional Medical Center.

Thompson said Dardanella admitted the shooting. Jerry was holding her at the scene when two NSU officers arrived and took her into custody. The NSU officers had been en route back to Tahlequah from Muskogee when they heard the shooting call on their two-way radio.

The couple were separated. Dardanella told investigators she had gone to Jerry’s home to clean, and retrieved a gun from the safe while she was there.

Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins ruled there was sufficient evidence shown to bind Dardanella over for trial. She will appear in court at a later date for a district court arraignment.

Recommended for you