Idaho State Police report that they have made an arrest in the case of an Emmett man murdered in July. According to a news release issued in the late afternoon on Friday, Sept. 6, Douglas Everett Anderson, 58, formerly of Emmett, was arrested earlier that morning, charged with the first degree murder of Darole Carpenter on July 8.
Carpenter, 78, was discovered in his Emmett home bludgeoned in the head and stabbed repeatedly in the abdomen. Evidence in the case—which included investigators from the Emmett Police Department and ISP—includes a spot of blood found in Anderson's vehicle confirmed through DNA testing by ISP Forensic Services to belong to Carpenter. Investigators also have video evidence placing Anderson's vehicle at Carpenter's home during the time of the murder.
Police believe the murder stemmed from fraudulent transactions in which Anderson bilked Carpenter out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Investigators say Anderson accepted money and promised to buy cattle and hay on Carpenter's behalf, but never actually made the purchases. The murder, police believe, was intended to cover up the fraud.
But Carpenter wasn't the only party targeted by Anderson. According to police, Anderson defrauded another Idaho couple, forging the signature of his own wife on a promissory note pledging to buy cattle and hay valued at approximately $230,000 using money received from them under false pretenses.
In addition to first degree murder, Anderson was also charged with three felony counts of grand theft and one felony count of forgery stemming from the fraudulent transactions.
Anderson was arrested, without incident, near his residence in Salmon by the Idaho State Police with help from the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in the Lemhi County Jail on a $1 million bond with an arraignment scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9.