Homicide

Child porn collection to be allowed as evidence in Frederiksen trial

FLOYD COUNTY, Iowa — A judge has ruled on key information before the trial of the man accused of murdering a 5-year-old nearly a decade ago.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports prosecutors will be able to tell jurors about 35-yea [...]

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Joan Becker, convicted murderer’s mother, speaks out about undiagnosed mental illness

CEDAR RAPIDS — The mother of a man convicted of killing a popular high school football coach says families struggling with mental illness should not stay silent any longer.

Five years ago, Mark Becker shot and killed Aplington-Parkers [...]

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Iowa State students plan memorial for classmate found in Iowa City

AMES — The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Iowa State University will hold a memorial Friday for Tong Shao.

The 20-year-old Shao was first reported missing in early September. Last week, authorities continue »


Connolly’s request to reduce bond in fatal Epworth crash denied

DUBUQUE — A judge has denied a request to reduce the bond for the Holy Cross man who faces vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of four teenagers.

New court documents indicate Judge Todd Geer ruled not to reduce the bond for Josep [...]

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Police: Timeline in Shao disappearance, death taking shape

IOWA CITY — Almost four weeks after her friends last heard from her and a week after her body was found in the back of a car, police do not know where Tong Shao died or exactly when she perished.

But, Iowa City Police Lt. Mike Brother [...]

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$1 million bond set for suspect in 1999 Cedar Rapids homicide

A judge ordered a $1 million cash bond Wednesday for a Minnesota man charged in the 1999 homicide of Judith Weeks.

Deshaun Phillips, 35, of Shakopee, Minn., was arrested last year for Weeks' death, but he was being held in Minnesota on a d [...]

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Friends of 'person of interest' respond to Chinese student's Iowa City death

Yitong Ling would never have imagined her “super nice” friend Xiangnan Li would be the main person of interest in a suspicious murder case. Even so, Ling said she wasn't surprised when the Iowa City Police Department released the news [...]

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Person of interest in ISU student disappearance is in China

A person of interest in the disappearance of Iowa State University student Tong Shao lived in the area where Iowa City police found a car associated with her that was discovered to have a body in the trunk Friday.

Iowa City Police Lt. Mike B [...]

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UPDATE: Police find vehicle connected to missing ISU student, body in trunk

IOWA CITY — Police confirm they have found a body in the trunk of a car they had been searching for in connection with a missing Iowa State University student. Police found the car late Friday night at the Dolphin Lake Point Enclave along U [...]

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Driver in fatal Epworth crash charged

EPWORTH — The man whose vehicle struck and killed four teens at a rural road intersection near Epworth last month is now facing a host of charges stemming from the crash.

Joseph Michael Connolly, 24, was arrested on a warrant Friday c [...]

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$1 million bond set for suspect in Cedar Rapids homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge set a $1 million bond Friday for a 23-year-old man accused of killing Clifton Sparks last February.

Robert Louis Nash IV of Cedar Rapids was formally charged Friday in Linn County District Court with first-degre [...]

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Closing arguments postponed in Tajh Ross murder trial

Closing arguments in the Tajh Ross murder trial were postponed this morning and reset to 9 a.m. Tuesday in Linn County District Court.

Ross, 20, is on trial for first-degree murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commi [...]

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Replay live coverage: Tajh Ross murder trial In Linn County District Court

The defense begins its case at 9 a.m. Friday in the murder trial of Tajh Ross, 20, who is accused of shooting and killing Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids, Sept. 22, 2012.

Join Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey's continuing live covera [...]

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Cedar Rapids police arrest two men after shooting

Cedar Rapids police have arrested two men found in a vehicle near where one of the three shootings happened Sunday.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said charges have been filed against Alvionta D. Turner, 24; and Fabion H. T [...]

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Replay live coverage: Day 3 - Tajh Ross murder trial in Linn County District Court

The prosecution continues its case at 9 a.m. today in the murder trial of Tajh Ross, 20, who is accused of shooting and killing Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids, Sept. 22, 2012.     

Join Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey for live cove [...]

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