Donald Dodd gave police several different accounts of how Rachel Pool was shot, including that she shot herself and that the gun discharged when he tried to take it from her.
An autopsy showed that she was shot two times: once in the head and once in the left shoulder. An opinion by the medical examiner and other evidence indicated that Pool was shot by someone else and was not self-inflicted.
There was no one else besides Dodd and Pool at his apartment in the 4400 block of Powell Ave. when she was shot on Jan. 21 this year.
Dodd, 36, is free on $20,000 bond.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Marianne Bell of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners. The unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.