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The Carthage Press
  • Father pleads not guilty to shooting

  • A Brooklyn Heights father will be back in court next month after pleading not guilty to charges related to a November 2012 shooting that injured his two small children.
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  • A Brooklyn Heights father will be back in court next month after pleading not guilty to charges related to a November 2012 shooting that injured his two small children.
    Jasper County Court Records say Kenton C. Cowgill, 27, rural Carthage, will be in court again at 9 a.m. on Feb. 25 for a hearing to discuss any motions or change of plea relating to the three remaining counts against him.
    Cowgill was arraigned before Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Dally on Monday, where his bond was reduced from $250,000 to $50,000. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Jan. 16 and was bound over for trial on three charges, two felony counts of second-degree domestic assault and one felony count of unlawful possession of a firearm.  
    He was originally charged with six counts, including a third count of domestic assault and two felony counts of armed criminal action after the Nov. 19, 2012 shooting that left two young children, ages two and four, with shotgun blast injuries to the faces and upper bodies.
    At the time, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage at 11:20 a.m. Nov. 19, 2012, for patients with gunshot wounds.
    Deputies found the boy and girl at the hospital being treated for injuries from a shotgun.
    At the hospital, the deputies learned there had been a domestic dispute at a home at 9155 County Lane 173 in the Brooklyn Heights area.
    According to the Sheriff’s office, deputies learned that Kenton C. Cowgill Jr., had gotten into a fight with his wife, Shayna N. Cowgill, and Shayna Cowgill had been injured in the face.
    A short time later, Mark Wittenmyer, father of Shayna Cowgill, confronted Kenton Cowgill, who brandished a shotgun.
    The two men began to struggle and the shotgun discharged, hitting the children in the face and upper body.
    Kenton Cowgill and Mark Wittenmyer were both arrested, but Jasper County Prosecutor Dean Dankelson said at the time that he believed Cowgill was the aggressor and no charges were filed against Wittenmyer.

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