Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

Former Lawrence resident slain in Wyoming

Husband charged with murder

August 2, 2007


Dawnita Brandon is shown with her daughter, Faith, and son, Dakota, in an 8-year-old picture. Faith is now 9 and Dakota is 11.

Dawnita Brandon is shown with her daughter, Faith, and son, Dakota, in an 8-year-old picture. Faith is now 9 and Dakota is 11.

Former Lawrence resident found murdered

A former Lawrence resident is found murdered in Wyoming - her husband charged with first degree murder in connection with her death. Enlarge video

A former Lawrence resident's relatives are wondering why she was stabbed to death earlier this week in her Wyoming home.

"We don't have a lot of information," said Tareena Evans, Lawrence, of her cousin Dawnita Brandon, 32.

Brandon's husband, Timothy Brandon, 27, was charged Wednesday in Sweetwater County, Wyo., District Court with first-degree murder, a spokeswoman in the county prosecutor's office said.

Dawnita Brandon's mother, Cheryl Evans, was to have met Wednesday with prosecutors to learn more about the incident, Lawrence relatives said. She also lives in Wyoming.

Brandon moved to Wyoming six years ago to be near her mother, relatives said. She married Timothy Brandon in May 2006 and the couple lived in Rock Springs, Wyo., in the southwestern part of the state. It was her second marriage.

According to reports carried by Wyoming news media, Dawnita Brandon was found dead Monday morning in a Rock Springs apartment. After police received a call notifying them about a possible murder, a tactical team entered the apartment and found the body. Timothy Brandon was found in the apartment and was arrested.

Late Wednesday, Timothy Brandon was being held in jail on $750,000 bond. He is scheduled to have a preliminary court hearing Aug. 13. A spokeswoman in the county attorney's office said she didn't know any other details about the case.

Dawnita Brandon attended Lawrence High School but dropped out at age 16, according to her grandmother, Barbara Evans, of Lawrence. She later earned her General Educational Development certificate, Evans said.

"She had a bubbly personality," Tareena Evans said of her cousin.

Brandon had two children but they were not in the apartment at the time of the slaying, Barbara Evans said. The children - a son, Dakota 11, and a daughter, Faith, 9 - live with Brandon's mother.

"The bad thing about it, the night before (Faith's) birthday was the night Dawnita was killed," Barbara Evans said.


miasac 8 years, 2 months ago

Very sad and disturbing. My thoughts are with her family, and especially her children.

somebodynew 8 years, 2 months ago

What a very sad story for all involved. Sympathies to any family members.

miassac - thanks for the link. What a sad and bizarre story. I have been married for a long time and have had lots or arguments with several wives, and somehow I don't recall suddenly finding a sword in my hands while I played with it. And while it is not impossible for someone to run into it, that hasn't happened either.

Very tragic, and I am just happy the kids were not there to see it (if the LJW article is correct).

jco26867 8 years, 2 months ago

I would like to send my thoughts & prayers to Dawnita's family. It's so hard for me to believe that the spunky little girl from across the street is gone. I know that her grandparents loved her so deeply & their lives are now forever changed. I am so sorry that this tragedy occurred. I will always remember her happily chasing Queenie around the yard!!

mommabear853 8 years, 2 months ago

Dawnitas children were not there to witness this tragedy .. they were with their grandmother thankfully ..

mommabear853 8 years, 2 months ago

you can go to to post your thoughts and prayers for the family to see .. this is a wonderful site ..

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