Corn dog squabble leads to brother’s death; Judge issues gag order

Two brothers argued about corn dogs Thursday night, leading one to shove the other out of the vehicle they were in, causing the brother’s death, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Little is known about the case because Judge Ralph Ohm issued a gag order preventing officials from talking about it, but a probable cause affidavit said that Richard Dean Ammons, 57, has been charged with second degree murder.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Jon Lane and Deputy Charles DeLaHunt answered a call about a man lying the roadway in Royal, outside Hot Springs, and found Johnnie Ammons, 55, lying in the road. According to the affidavit, Ammons told the officers that his brother had tossed him out of a Jeep and “broken his back and killed him.” He said the pair had been “arguing over corn dogs.”

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Richard Ammons
Richard Ammons/Garland County Sheriff’s Office

Paramedics took Ammons to a hospital in Hot Springs, where he was pronounced dead. The affidavit also noted multiple scrapes and bruises.

Officers later took Richard Ammons into custody at his home in Hot Springs. According to the affidavit, he said that he had picked up his brother after work and driven him to the Brady Mountain One Stop and then the Dollar General across the street. He said the two got into an argument, but he couldn’t remember what it had been about. “Maybe I pushed him out of the Jeep,” Ammons said, according to the affidavit.

Ammons pleaded not guilty in Garland County District Court on Friday. A review hearing to determine if the charge will be bound over is set for December 2. He’s being held on a $10,000 bond.

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