Sheridan Man Charged With Second Degree Murder

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57-year-old Paul Brookhouse has been charged with Second Degree Murder. (Photo courtesy of the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office)
57-year-old Paul Brookhouse has been charged with Second Degree Murder. (Photo courtesy of the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE-- 57-year-old Paul Brookhouse, who's been charged with Second Degree Murder, made his initial appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Brookhouse is charged with the killing of 62-year-old James Lee Drake Thursday night in Sheridan County.

Charging documents state that dispatch received a 911 call that a man had been shot and was bleeding at the Dee Drive residence. When Sheriff's deputies arrived at the address shortly after 6 pm, Brookhouse was standing at the end of the driveway with his left arm in a sling, and his clothes covered in what appeared to be blood. When asked by a deputy if he was hurt, Brookhouse responded, “no, the blood is from the victim”.

After deputies entered the residence, they found Drake face down in the basement, with two gunshot wounds to his side, and one to his head. EMS personnel on scene determined that the victim was dead.

Deputies searched the area and found a .22 caliber revolver with what appeared to be blood on it, and a Ruger revolver of undetermined caliber. During the hearing, Brookhouse, who appeared via-video conference from the Sheridan County Detention Center, told Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff that he was “in a lot of pain.” When the judge asked him if he would be able to hire an attorney, or if he wanted one appointed by the court, Brookhouse answered, “I don't know, I hope so.” Taking his past criminal record into consideration and the severity of the crime, Judge Cundiff set a $100,000 cash only bond and said that a preliminary hearing will be scheduled within the next 10 days. The crime of Second Degree Murder is punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

ORIGINAL STORY-- A Sheridan man has been arrested on Second Degree Murder charges for the alleged shooting of another individual Thursday night. According to Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hofmeier, 57-year-old Paul Brookhouse was taken into custody shortly after Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a gunshot wound at 24 Dee Drive at 6 pm.

Hofmeier said that when deputies arrived on scene, they located a deceased male, who's been identified as 62-year-old James Lee Drake. The Sheriff added that no further information could be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Brookhouse had his initial appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court this afternoon, where he was charged with Second Degree Murder. Brookhouse was not present in the courtroom, as the hearing was held via video conference, where Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff set a $100,000 cash only bond at the recommendation of Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle, who added that Brookhouse has a history of crimes in Idaho and Texas.

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