Daniel Ray Underwood, 33, died of a shotgun wound to the head on September 4, 2008, while engaged in an altercation with his girlfriend Rebecca in his home in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Earlier that evening, Daniel, Rebecca, and a couple of friends, Robin and Maria, had been at a bar together. Maria had accompanied the couple back to Daniel’s house, where Rebecca was living. According to Maria, once there, Daniel and Rebecca got into a heated argument, and he was confronting and accusing Rebecca of taking a large sum of his cash that he had discovered missing. The 911 call began with Rebecca stating, “My fiancée just shot himself in the head on accident!”
The crime scene was processed very quickly, and evidence was not collected from the house, including Rebecca’s bloody clothes.
As the family and friends of Daniel arrived on the scene, and at the hospital, Rebecca continually referred to Detective Fox, as “her good friend, Bo”, as she would smile and make quotation marks in the air to emphasize her statement.
Upon entering the interrogation room, and prior to any questioning, Rebecca immediately asked if she could have Daniel’s wallet and credit cards (which were in Daniel’s name only).
As questioning begins, Rebecca attempts to portray an idyllic relationship; one with no arguments or financial issues, yet, she states there was a large amount of Daniel’s cash missing (which she says she likes to keep count of) – Daniel had recently left his job to pursue one with a better schedule for him to be able to spend more time with his children, and had cashed out his 401K which was around 25,000. In less than a month’s time, there was no money left.
During the interview, she states to the detective that she has given him tips on other cases, and he acknowledges that he has talked to her before about cases.
Even before Daniel took his last breath, Rebecca considered everything he owned to be hers. She called many people while she waited at the crime scene and claimed to be his beneficiary—all the while Daniel was still lying in the hall floor dying from his gunshot wound.
Rebecca rushed backed to Daniel’s house with her friends, and began gathering up everything she could steal of his personal belongings to sale for cash, including his favorite pool cues, jewelry, tools, laptop, phone and more. Rebecca then deleted information from his laptop and cell phone. Police did not question the conflicting versions of Rebecca’s story, although she continually contradicted herself. Rebecca agreed to take a polygraph test about the facts of that evening but backed out after consulting with her attorney.
Daniel’s death was immediately ruled a suicide, long before any forensic testing or even prior to questions being asked of the people that were there at the time. The crime scene was processed very quickly without using the proper protocols. Evidence was not collected from the scene, including Rebecca’s bloody clothes.
Rebecca had a recoil bruise from the butt of the gun on her leg/thigh area. After obtaining all of the case files, along with the autopsy report, photos and lab results showing GSR on the person of interest, and zero amounts on Daniel’s right hand that allegedly had a hold of the gun when it fired, we believe his death was a cold blooded murder.
Eyewitness have come forward claiming Rebecca gave a confession to shooting Daniel. The Underwood Family would like Authorities to look at this case again and rule the manner of death as a homicide.
This was submitted by Donna Underwood. The information can not be confirmed or disputed but for more information about this case as well as the eyewitnesses with new information please visit this website.