Murder Suspect’s Ex-Girlfriend Says He Had Suicidal Tendencies


Dekota Harvey, 22, made his first court appearance in Washington County Monday. Harvey has been charged with capital murder and attempted murder.

A breakup turned deadly Thursday night, according to Harvey’s ex-girlfriend Courtney Willie. 

She says his outbursts of anger are no surprise.

“It went through the door and then I looked up and I see the bullets flying, and I heard two more and I didn’t know what was happening — I was just screaming,” said Courtney “Shea” Willie, Harvey’s ex-girlfriend.

According to the Pentagon and Arkansas National Guard, Harvey served in the 1-206 Field Artillery Unit out of Rogers until he was honorably discharged last March. 

We spoke with an artillery member who claims to have trained with Harvey at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith. The anonymous source tells us Harvey acted out when he was on base by not following uniform protocols, and showing up to drill without a haircut. 

“He was very angry almost all the time no matter what I did. He’s always been that way,” Willie said.

Willie also said he was suicidal and took guns to the base. She claims he was medically discharged.

The anonymous source said Harvey was given opportunities to get better, like checking in with the chaplain and civilian doctors, but he wouldn’t follow through.

“He told me right before the shooting happened, he said, ‘I hope you die. You should’ve killed yourself,'” Willie said.

That shooting led to the death of 20-year-old Elizabeth Dawson, Willie’s secret girlfriend.

“He knew what he was doing; it was premeditated. He told me that’s what he was going to do and I didn’t think he was serious,” says Willie.

Willie now wants Harvey to spend the rest of his life behind bars as she lives on without the love of her life.

“I can’t see her, but I know that she’s around somewhere,” says Willie.

Harvey’s next court date is scheduled for March 27.

Saturday, March 23, Willie And her friends plan to release balloons to honor Elizabeth Dawson’s life. For more information click here.

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