A Monett woman convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action on Thursday went home and killed herself after hearing the jury's verdict.

Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox says 48-year-old Adella Fae Patton was found guilty of killing her former boyfriend, Kevin l. Madison, in December of 2005 during a fight over deer meat and another woman.

A Barry County Sheriff’s Department investigator said that she called Madison on Dec. 11, 2005, and asked him to get his deer meat out of her freezer because she wanted to put angel food cakes in the freezer.

When he went to her house to retrieve the meat a fight between the two broke out and Patton told cops that Madison "clocked her." She told detectives that she went inside to retrieve a gun she had purchased for protection.

Cox said when she came out Patton fired a warning shot over Madison's head while he was partially turned away from her and intending to leave. But told jurors that instead of leaving, Madison turned around and was attempting to grab the weapon when she shot him between the eyes.

On cross examination, Cox questioned Patton regarding the statement that Madison grabbed the pistol before he was shot on Dec. 11, 2005. Cox asked Patton if she reported this fact to any of the officers who responded to the scene.
"I was confused at that time," said Patton. "They kept firing questions at me."
Cox asked Patton where Madison was standing when she fired the warning shot.
"He was checking out his new truck, man," said Patton. "I fired the warning shot up in the air, and then he started coming toward me real fast. He was mad."

Patton, who was out on $250,000 bond was found dead by her boyfriend about 7 a.m. Friday morning of an apparent overdose. Cox said jurors were to begin deliberating the penalty phase of Patton Friday morning.
When jurors arrived at the courthouse on Friday the were sent home because Patton had killed herself. They were scheduled to begin deliberating the penalty phase (where they recommend a sentence) Friday morning after they were sent home by the judge after deliberating until about 8:30 Thursday night.

Barry County Coroner Jim Fohn said Patton left notes telling family and friends that she could not serve time in prison.

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