Suspects In Alleged Murder Of Brandy Rowe Appear In Court

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A missing woman's mom says what happened to her daughter is sick while the man accused of pulling the trigger and killing Brandy Rowe says police don't have a strong case. New information came out in court Wednesday about the three suspects charged in connection with a murder that's still missing a body.

In court, police say two of three suspects, Paul "Spanky" Arnett and Linda Risner Arnett are cooperating and told them what happened. "Spanky" took the stand and told his side of what happened. He says it started out as a night of drinking between four friends. Don Reed's attorney says Brandy Rowe had a fight with her boyfriend and wanted to get away from him. Police testified someone promised her drugs if she came along, but "Spanky" Arnett says that part wasn't true. Arnett says they were driving around when Reed and Rowe started fighting. He says he got out of the car and heard shots.

"I kind of heard him say stop and heard gunshots," Arnett said.

"Spanky" Arnett says Rowe was dead. He said they dumped her body in Quicksand Creek, cleaned up, and burned the car.

Testimony in court contradicted how the shooting happened. "Spanky" Arnett says Reed was out of the car, Rowe was threatening to hit him with the car, and he shot her. Police testified Linda Risner Arnett told them both Rowe and Reed were in the car together when the shooting happened, but Reed's attorney says his client had nothing to do with it. He says "Spanky" Arnett and Linda Arnett are making up their stories.

"Obviously not found a body, they've not found a murder weapon. Nobody has come forth with a motive for Mr. Reed to have harmed this lady in any way," said Bobby Rowe, Reed's Attorney.

Brandi Rowe's mother, Gail Conley, doesn't know what happened to her daughter, but she was upset to hear the testimony.

"That's my baby! She did not deserve this. She did not deserve to go to a creek, and I can't even find her and put her at rest. That's not right and people sit there with no remorse," Conley said.

Rowe's mother says she wants more than her daughter's body. She says she wants whoever killed her to pay.

"I want them to go down there to be stuck in that waterhole and find her and I want them to have to lay there until they die looking at her," Conley said.

Also in court, Paul "Spanky" Arnett said he struck a possible deal with the Commonwealth. When Reed's attorney questioned him, "Spanky" Arnett says he was told if he told the truth about what happened, then he wouldn't be prosecuted. No one in court would confirm a possible deal.

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