Cedar Rapids woman stabbed multiple times, man arrested for theft

Death marks city's seventh homicide of 2014

Published: April 8 2014 | 11:45 am - Updated: 8 April 2014 | 10:12 pm in Front Rotator,

The 37-year-old woman found dead in her Cedar Rapids apartment last week was stabbed several times, according to the state medical examiner Tuesday.

Iowa State Medical Examiner Dr. Julia Goodin performed the autopsy on Shanna L Beyhl Saturday. On Monday, police announced that Beyhl's death was being investigated as a homicide.

"The cause of death is multiple stab wounds of the neck and abdomen," Goodin said.

Goodin said she did not have information on when Beyhl was pronounced dead. She also would not speculate on how long Beyhl had been deceased when police found her body Friday afternoon at the Shamrock Apartments, 228 Jacolyn Drive SW.

A suspect hasn't been charged in connection with her homicide, but a Cedar Rapids man was charged Tuesday with stealing her cell phone and other items from her home on Sunday.

Bobbie Harold Little, 22, was charged with second-degree theft, according to a criminal complaint. During the homicide investigation, officers found Little was in possession of her cellphone, two televisions, a DVD player and video gaming system, all valued at more than $1,000, and he transferred the stolen property to others.

During police questioning, Little said others had burglarized her apartment and claimed he was going to leave the area for Texas or South Dakota when he was released, according to the complaint

Greg Buelow, the city's public safety communication coordinator, said Tuesday he did not have any information about the arrest and the homicide investigation was continuing.

Police were called to Beyhl's apartment, Unit 13, to conduct a welfare check. Responding officers found Beyhl dead inside the residence.

According to the Little complaint, Beyhl's body was found lying just inside the door to her apartment but Buelow wouldn't say if there was any sign of forced entry.

Police also won't release any information they might have on how long Beyhl was dead.

"The time of death would be part of the medical examiner's report, which may take some time to receive," Buelow said.

Police have said they are following up on several leads and do not believe there is an immediate threat to the public.

Beyhl's death marks the seventh homicide in Cedar Rapids this year.

On Jan. 30, police said Robert Drew Livingston, 47, shot and killed his estranged wife, Ingrid Huber Livingston, 41, and her mother, Linda Jane Huber, 73, before killing himself.

Five days later, Clifton Sparks, 31, of Cedar Rapids was found lying on the street in the 1800 block of B Avenue at 12:30 a.m., Feb. 4. Police have not said how Sparks was killed, and no one has been charged in connection with Sparks’s death.

On Feb. 21, Dennis Koopman, 54, killed his estranged wife, 52-year-old LuElla Koopman, outside her apartment in southwest Cedar Rapids, police said.

On April 2, Quintrell D. Perkins, 22, and Sierrah Rochelle Simmons, 20, both of Cedar Rapids, were found dead inside a home at 1708 Fourth Ave. SE. Police were called to the house after receiving several reports of a shooting in the area at 10:09 p.m. No arrests have been made in that case.

In contrast, there were three homicides in Cedar Rapids in 2013.

Gazette reporter Trish Mehaffey contributed to this story.

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