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Who killed popular coach and teacher J.C. Dunn in Ardmore in 1963?

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Nearly 47-years ago J.C. Dunn was found shot to death in his home on Campbell street in Ardmore.

A former minor league baseball player, popular baseball and basketball coach, and high school teacher, Dunn, 47, was found in his bathroom with a 12-gauge shotgun in his hand. Pellets from the gun pellets entered his neck "a little below and behind the right ear."

James Clark, the district attorney at that time, said that while Dunn’s hand was curled around the automatic shotgun, there was “no question” his death was a homicide.

Clark also said the shell had “obviously been picked up,” as there was no casing found near Dunn’s body. Dunn’s wallet was missing and his money clip emptied, according to those initial reports.

According to Clark’s initial statements, Dunn was last heard from at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 25, 1973, when he called the school to check the status of the classes he was to teach.

Clark said Dunn was present for first period that Wednesday, then went home saying he did not feel well.

Ardmore police department said one suspect was arrested but was soon released after questioning.

If you have any information your are asked to call the Ardmore Police Deprtment at 580-221-2524.

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