Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 5, 2014

Trial for Kareen Dunn, charged with attempted murder, begins

Dunn is accused of shooting Richard Pippens June 29, 2012.

By Mike Fletcher Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — The attempted murder trial in the case against Kareen Dunn will boil down to who the jurors believe — Dunn or Richard Pippens, the man who was shot.

During opening arguments Tuesday in Howard Superior Court 4, Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann told jurors that Pippens will testify that Dunn shot him in the lower back in the front yard of a home in the 600 block of East Mulberry Street.

McCann said Pippens will testify that he was outside the residence smoking a cigarette when he heard a noise behind him. Pippens said he turned around and saw Dunn, who had previously threatened to kill Pippens. Pippens will tell jurors that he ran and heard two gunshots, one of which hit him in the lower back.

Dunn’s attorney, Donald Bolinger II, told jurors they will hear conflicting testimony from Pippens and others during the trial and it will be up to them to decide who they believe. Bolinger also told jurors there was no weapon found and no fingerprint or DNA evidence linking Dunn to the crime.

The day started with the attorneys selecting a jury of 14 including two alternates. After opening statements, the jury, consisting of 13 women and one man, heard testimony from two officers.

Detective Chad Rodgers testified that he processed the crime scene and took photographs of the area where Pippens was shot. During the processing, Rodgers said, police recovered two 40-caliber shell casings and one spent bullet in the yard.

Detective Brent Wines then took the stand and testified he interviewed Pippens three times, once at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo and twice at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. During all three interviews, Wines said Pippens identified Dunn as the man who shot him.

In his cross examination, Bolinger asked Wines if Pippens was under the influence of pain medication during the interviews. Wines said he was and that Pippens was in and out of consciousness due to the medication while the interviews were conducted.

Pippens also told Wines that he saw another man, Johnathan Capers, at the scene with Dunn during the shooting. Capers was arrested on a misdemeanor false informing charge in the case for lying to police about his involvement. He pleaded guilty in October of 2012 and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

The trial ended for the day after Wines’ testimony and is expected to continue this morning with more testimony.

If convicted of the Class A felony, Dunn could receive up to 50 years in prison.

Mike Fletcher can be reached at 765-454-8565 or by email at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com