Sarver Court overall.JPG

Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton questions a witness on Tuesday during defendant Dennis Sarver's trial in Polk County Circuit Court.

DALLAS – A Polk County jury is deliberating charges against Salem resident Dennis Sarver, who is accused of murdering Falls City resident Earl Jambura.

The incident took place on Black Rock Road outside of Falls City on June 9, 2018.

The defendant has been charged with murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon. If convicted of the first charge, Sarver could serve life in prison.

Sarver was arrested on June 9 after telling Polk County deputies that he shot and killed Earl “Buddy” Jambura earlier that day, according to court records. He drove to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in following the shooting.

The jury begin deliberations on Wednesday afternoon after Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton and Sarver’s defense attorney Scott Howell gave closing arguments in Polk County Circuit Court before Judge Rafael Caso.

Felton argued in closing that Sarver intentionally shot and killed Jambura without warning. He said the shooting was not in self-defense and Sarver had the option of leaving the scene instead using a gun.

“He was not justified in killing him,” Felton said to the jury.

Felton urged the jury to convict Sarver on all counts.

Howell argued the Sarver did act in self-defense, saying that Jambura had threatened his client and aggressively chased him from his property in Falls City to the spot of the shooting. He said the shot that killed Jambura was meant to scare him, not kill him.

“There was an encounter,” Howell said. “That encounter scared my client.”

For more on the trial and the jury’s verdict, see the June 19 I-O.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.