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Marshall man charged in wife's death

From Staff Reports
Dec. 1, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.

<p>Brad Dunn has been charged in the death of his wife.</p>

A Marshall man who earlier had been the target of a statewide search was in jail Sunday night on a charge of murder in connection with the death of his wife.

Brad Allen Dunn, 35, was arrested about 3 p.m. on U.S. 59 south of Linden after being spotted by a civilian responding to an Amber Alert issued earlier.

He was being held late Sunday in the Cass County Jail, according to Detective Sonya L. Johnson of the Marshall Police Department.

Johnson said the incident began with a late Sunday morning call to police regarding a dispute at a Marshall hotel. When officers arrived at the Baymont Inn on East End Boulevard South, they found Kari Rene Dunn, 31, unresponsive. She was later declared dead.

The Amber Alert - a procedure for rapidly publicizing the disappearance of a child - was issued about 1:15 p.m., after investigators determined Dunn's 4-year-old daughter, 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 after a civilian spotted his vehicle and called the Cass County Sheriff's Department.

Dunn was arrested by officers of the sheriff's department, DPS and Linden police. The girl, who was with her father when he was arrested, was unharmed. She was released to Child Protective Services, Mason said. Later Sunday, Johnson said Kylie was returned to family members.

The Sunday afternoon manhunt apparently 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.

No details had been released late Sunday regarding how Kari Dunn died. Johnson said she was pronounced dead by Harrison County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Meagan Pinson.

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