Grove man gets 38 years for murder of his wife - KOAM TV 7

Grove man gets 38 years for murder of his wife

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Updated June 27, 2013:  A Grove, Oklahoma man is sentenced for murder in a double shooting incident.

Doyle Handle plead guilty to first degree murder in the death of his wife, Dena Davenport.  He will serve more than 38 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

The shooting happened last month.  Authorities were called to a home where they found two people suffering from gunshot wounds to the head.

Handle told police he and Davenport were arguing and after returning from the bedroom with a gun he shot Davenport in the head.  She was later pronounced dead at Grove's hospital.

Handle also shot himself in the head but survived.


Updated May 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM CST by Liz Holliday:  A woman is dead and a man is in the hospital following a double shooting in Grove, Oklahoma.

Police were called to a home where they found two people with gunshot wounds to the head.

Dena Davenport, 49, was rushed to a Grove hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Doyle Handle, 52, was in the yard and still conscious.  He was flown to a Joplin hospital and was last reported to be in stable condition.

The couple lived at the home.

Authorities say they intend to charge Handle with homicide.

"Without going into it too much, there are indications that there was some arguing earlier in the evening between the couple," says Grove Police Chief Mark Morris.  "Our hearts all go out to their family.  I personally know the family, as most people do within the community, very good family and it's a tragic situation as all these are."

Authorities say this is the first homicide in Grove since 2005.


Posted May 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM CST:  Authorities investigate a double shooting in Grove, Oklahoma.

A woman is dead and the man who police say shot her is recovering in a Joplin hospital.

It happened just before 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Grove Police Department says the suspect was in the front yard of a home on Wood Street with a gunshot wound to his face.

Inside the home they discovered Dena Davenport, 49, with a bullet to the head.  She was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Both the Grove police and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are investigating.

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