Dowdel Will Wear Civilian Clothes and Leg Restraints in Trial


Officials met for one last time before the trial for the man accused of killing Joe Strother at Sally Buffalo Park begins Tuesday morning. 

A final pre-trial hearing for Matthew Dowdel happened Monday afternoon where Dowdel’s attorney filed a motion to be without restraints at the trial.

Attorney Aaron Miller said this is so Dowdel will not have to wear a jail uniform and handcuffs so the jury isn’t already biased when they see him. 

Judge Shawn Hervey granted that motion and now Dowdel will appear in court wearing civilian clothes and leg restraints that will not be visible to the jury.

Harrison County Prosecutor Owen Beetham said Dowdel poses a flight risk and risk of violence due to his history and the crime.

Dowdel is facing charges of aggravated robbery, murder, grand theft of a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence for the murder of Joe Strother in Cadiz last spring.

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