Salem man arrested for murder

Dennis Gene Sarver

Dennis Gene Sarver

FALLS CITY — The man accused of murder in the death of Falls City resident Earl “Buddy” Jambura reportedly admitted to emergency dispatchers and Polk County deputies that he shot the victim.


Dennis Gene Sarver

Dennis Sarver, 61, of Salem, was arrested Saturday on charges of murder, second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton said a fourth charge, unlawful use of a weapon, was added on Monday morning.

Sarver was arraigned in Polk County Circuit Court on the charges Monday afternoon.

Saturday afternoon the multi-agency Polk County Major Crimes Team investigated a report of a shooting on Black Rock Road outside of Falls City.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a woman identified as Katy Martin called 911 to report that “her father (Dennis Sarver) had recently called her stating he had just ‘shot someone.’”

After taking the report, the call taker called Sarver, who was crying when he answered, according to the probable cause affidavit.

“Dispatch said Dennis then admitted to the call taker that he had shot someone and was on his way to turn himself in at the Polk County Jail,” the affidavit said.

A little after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sarver approached a Polk County reserve deputy in the parking lot of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office saying he has just killed someone and wanted to turn himself in, according to the document.

Sarver told deputies Alaster Graham and Marty Watson, and Sgt. Jason Ball that he was no longer armed because he threw away his weapon.

“Dennis also advised that the victim was currently in a blue-colored passenger vehicle on Black Rock Road,” the document said.

Deputies located the vehicle and Jambura at the location Sarver told them.

“Deputies Lauderback and Graham advised that they found a deceased male in the driver seat of the vehicle, slumped over into the passenger’s seat and it appeared to them that he had been shot in the temple,” the document read.

Monmouth detective Kelly Carpenter spoke with Sarver’s daughter, Jessica Kirkpatrick, who lives in Wyoming.

She said Sarver also left her a voice mail saying that, “Buddy had assaulted him and he had shot him.”

In a second phone call, Sarver told Kirkpatrick “he had shot Buddy because he had to, due to Buddy threatening him, her (Kirkpatrick) and her sister, Katy.”

Carpenter said that Martin told her that, “Dennis and Earl ‘Buddy’ Jambura would often drink and have verbal and physical altercations.”

Sarver is in custody at Polk County Jail with no bail authorized.

Felton said the case will go to the grand jury.

Sarver’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 1:15 p.m. in courtroom No. 4.

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