Updated: 12:06 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 | Posted: 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hamilton woman indicted for Valentine’s Day shooting


Hamilton woman indicted for Valentine’s Day shooting photo
Pamela Dawson

By Lauren Pack

Staff Writer


A Hamilton woman has been indicted for the Valentine’s Day shooting of a man she said turned violent minutes before he was shot in the face.

Pamela Dawson, 51, is now facing felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges for allegedly shooting Donald Knapp on Feb. 14 at her Campbell Avenue residence.

Assistant County Prosecutor Brad Burress said Dawson is charged with tampering for allegedly hiding the gun after the shooting.

Dawson remains free on bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. April 4 by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth.

Dawson told the JournalNews shortly after the shooting that Knapp was a renter in her home and he turned violent minutes before the shooting by “manhandling” her during a trip to a pharmacy.

Knapp, 43, testified in Hamilton Municipal Court during a preliminary hearing that Dawson shot him for “no reason.”

Knapp said at the hearing there was an argument in the vehicle and Dawson “got really upset. She told me to get out of the car.”

He added Dawson grabbed his arm and pushed him, then he grabbed her arm to get the prescription back and “she (Dawson) rolled on the ground.”

Dawson drove home and Knapp said it took him about 30 minutes to walk back to the Campbell Avenue residence.

Knapp said Dawson told him to get out of the house, so he went to the basement to retrieve a pair of overalls and his girlfriend’s purse.

“She said I wasn’t moving fast enough,” Knapp said, adding he was more than willing to leave and would not have gone back into the house if he had known Dawson had a gun.

Dawson told the JournalNews she just meant to scare Knapp and she thought the first chamber of the gun was empty. She said she suffered injuries when Knapp locked her out of her vehicle, threw her to the ground and assaulted her.

Dawson faces two to eight years in prison if convicted of the charge against her.

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