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Parents speak out after murder suspect's day in court

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Jerry Wayne Dulin II. (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail) Jerry Wayne Dulin II. (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)
Barbara Dejarnett and Jerry Dulin Sr. Barbara Dejarnett and Jerry Dulin Sr.

The suspect in an Evansville murder case, Jerry Dulin II was arraigned in court on Monday.

The shooting and car accident happened last Tuesday at the intersection of New York and Sweetser.

14 News was there Monday afternoon as family members on both sides spoke about Dulin and the victim, 35-year-old Donnie Dejarnett Jr.

After that court appearance, in the hallway Jerry Dulin's father came and hugged Donnie Dejarnett's mother, and the two spoke for several minutes.

Jerry Dulin Sr. says they're like family because the victim's aunt is the mother of some of his children.

After speaking to both sides, it's obvious this shooting has been tough on everyone.

"I don't have no understanding why it happened. I just know that something was taken from me that I won't ever see again," Barbara Dejarnett said.

Almost a week after his death, Barbara Dejarnett struggles to understand why her son, Donnie, was shot and killed. She says the 35-year-old was a good person, willing to help, and the father to two girls.

But it's not just Barbara and her family trying to figure things out.

"They're just like my family to me and my family. It's always been like that," Jerry Dulin Sr. said.

Jerry Dulin Sr. is looking for answers, too.

"We're still lost what's really going on. I've talked to him and he's kind of lost by it. He's still trying to figure everything out," Dulin Sr. said.

Monday afternoon, Dulin's son, who bears his name, appeared in court briefly via video. The younger Dulin is charged with murdering Donnie Dejarnett.

"I'd like to apologize for what went on, whatever went on, in between that caused that.  Because I talked to my son and my son is saying the same thing. He wants to send his apologies to the family," Dulin Sr. said.

Dulin Sr. describes his son, a father himself, as a big kid, who likes to laugh and joke, not known to push people around.

Whatever happened last Tuesday, one family is now planning a funeral, another left knowing their son could spend decades behind bars.  

"Young men in the world today, I hope this is a wake up call to a lot of ya'll. And I hope that what happened to my son, I'm just hoping it will wake them up. And know that this is not the way to do. It's not the way to go out," Barbara said.

Donnie Dejarnett's funeral is set for Thursday.

A fund was set up today at Fifth Third to help his family. It's under his mother, Barbara Dejarnett's, name. The Donnie Dejarnett, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Jerry Dulin II remains in jail without bond. If convicted, he faces 45-65 years in prison.

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