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Bond set at $5.1M for Marshall man suspected of slaying wife

By by Reese Gordon rgordon@news-journal.com
Dec. 2, 2013 at 11 p.m.


Bond was set at $5.1 million Monday for a Marshall man held in the Cass County Jail on a charge of murder in connection with the death of his wife.

Brad Allen Dunn, 35, was arraigned Monday on the first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Kari Rene Hunt Dunn, 31.

Jay Webb, administrative deputy with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, said Monday that the initial report is that Kari Dunn was stabbed to death. Her body has been sent to Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Tyler for an autopsy.

"Obviously, I visited with the family and they are terribly distraught," said John Sargent, deacon at St. Joseph Church where the Kari Dunn's mother Cindy Kopecky and stepfather Al Kopecky are active parishioners. "The family of Kari Dunn would like to respectfully request their space and time to grieve for the loss of their precious daughter, sister and mother. We are thankful for the show of love and support to her family at this time."

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Barbara McMillan set Dunn's bond at $5 million on the murder charge. Rowe said an additional $100,000 bond had been levied against Dunn by the Texas Department of Public Safety on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, Dunn had not been transported back to Harrison County, but Rowe said the Cass County Sheriff's Office had finished processing the suspect and contacted the Marshall Police Department to let them know Dunn was ready for transfer.

Kari Dunn was found dead Sunday morning at the Baymont Inn in Marshall after Marshall police responded to a call of a dispute at the motel.

"I don't know what the situation was. I'm speculating it was from a pending divorce," Webb said of why the couple was disagreeing.

According to a statement released by the Marshall Police Department, Kari Dunn was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene by Harrison County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Meagan Pinson.

Brad Dunn was later arrested by state troopers Sunday on U.S. 59 south of Linden. Dunn was traveling with his 4-year-old daughter, Kylie.

Officials had issued an Amber Alert - a procedure for rapidly publicizing the disappearance of a child - about 1:15 p.m. Sunday for the girl, after investigators determined Kylie was missing. The alert included a description of Dunn's vehicle and said officials had reason to believe a child was in danger.

Joshua Mason, a sergeant with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Linden, said Dunn was arrested by officers of the sheriff's department, DPS and Linden police after a civilian spotted his vehicle and called the Cass County Sheriff's Department.

The girl, who was with her father when he was arrested, was unharmed. Kylie is now with family members, Johnson said.

The Sunday afternoon manhunt focused on the area west of Marshall after investigators determined Dunn was fleeing toward Dallas. DPS troopers were stationed along Interstate 20 looking for his vehicle, a Longview DPS officer said. Linden, however, is about 35 miles due north of Marshall.

Gregg County Jail records show Dunn has been arrested multiple times, including four times for assault and family violence.

- Robin Richardson contributed to this report.

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