Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Soldier charged in murder of wife

An Army soldier was arrested in the murder of his wife in their Clarksville, TN home. Sena Marie Downing, 25, from the Iowa town of Decorah, was found shot to death after her body was discovered by police around 3:17 AM, Tuesday morning. Her husband, a 31 year old Iraq veteran who had been deployed to Iraq twice, was arrested later yesterday after fleeing in his vehicle, with a Kentucky tag and Ft. Campbell decals.

The vehicle turned up in Robertson County where the police also found Jonathan Clyde Downing, 31, hiding in the woods. Police used officers on foot, K-9s and a helicopter in the search.
Police talked with him for a couple of hours before arresting him without incident at around noon.

Clarksville Police spokesman Jim Knoll said officers then transported Downing to the Montgomery County Jail to be booked. Knoll did not know whether Downing had obtained a lawyer.

Downing, who was a Calvary Scout in the Army, is charged with criminal homicide. He's originally from Decorah, IA via Ventura, CA.

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