Dead Center: The Shocking True Story of a Murder on Snipe Mountain

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The shocking true story of murder on Colorado's Snipe Mountain.

Struck by three rifle bullets, newlywed John Bruce Dodson supposedly died in a hunting accident. But District Attorney Frank Daniels suspected Dodson's wife-and would stop at nothing to prove his suspicions before another man suffered the same fate.

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With all other murder cases I have worked on in the past twenty years, once the trial and sentencing were over, I put the case behind me. This case was different. Even though the trial had been over for two years, I could not get this case out of my head. I also had another reason for writing this book. Although we convicted one person for murder, a few of the details continued to bother me. I have never been sure this person did it alone. I am hopeful that this book will bring forth new information about a possible accomplice, if indeed there was one. The initial investigation lasted over three years, but we kept working on it after the arrest to the time of trial, which was almost five years after the murder. It seemed that every time we sent evidence to the crime lab to be tested the results led to more questions, rather than providing answers. This was particularly true with the firearms evidence. At one point, well into the forensic testing, we exhausted the firearms analysis capabilities of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and asked the FBI Lab for assistance. This is the only case I have worked on where I felt we could not have obtained the result without the help of FBI laboratory experts. This book is different from other crime related books in a few ways. Since I wrote it from the perspective of the prosecuting attorney, details of the investigation and trial take center stage. I trust the reader to be able to follow the evidence as the investigation uncovered it, even though some of the firearms evidence is fairly complex and detailed. I have also included details from the trial. The forensic evidence is unique and exciting. The characters involved, several of whom are from the piney woods of East Texas, add flavor to this true tale of unmitigated greed, where one hunter became the hunted. I would like to hear your opinion: Do you think one person alone committed this murder? Send me an email at snipemountain@aol.com.

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When three bullets strike first time hunter and newly married John Bruce Dodson high on beautiful Snipe Mountain in Colorado, nearly everyone is able to label his death an accident. After all, each year there are hundreds of hunting accidents in the United States, many fatal and most involving shotguns or rifles.

However, Colorado District Attorney Frank Daniels' suspicions about Dodson's unlucky accident are raised after learning from his forensics team that Dodson was hit by three bullets - one tearing through his chest, dead center. Delving deeper into the case, he discovers that Dodson's new wife is not only a crack marksman but half a million dollars richer from her recently deceased husband's insurance.

A taut and gripping legal thriller, this is Daniels' own account of the case that changed his life. A fascinating tale of violent homicide, complex and tangled evidence trails and the trial of Daniels' life, Dead Center is a riveting behind-the-scenes story of greed, violence, and a crusading prosecutor's quest for justice.

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