Tuesday Afternoon News, October 23
Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder of Spencer Man
SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - The second person charged with beating to death a northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty.
21-year-old Cody Millard, of Spencer, entered the plea to a charge of first-degree murder.
Millard and 21-year-old Christopher Fitzpatrick, also of Spencer, have been charged with killing Edward Kitto. The 59-year-old Kitto was found beaten and unresponsive in the backyard of his Spencer home on Aug. 27. He died at a hospital on Sept. 8.
Fitzpatrick has pleaded not guilty to the murder and two other charges.
Authorities Identify Lake Drowning Victim
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a man who apparently drowned in West Lake Okoboji in northern Iowa over the weekend.
The Dickinson County sheriff's office says a relative found 30-year-old Andrew Goll, of Des Moines, in the water Saturday afternoon.
Officials say Goll had been working on a dock in the area. His death is under investigation.
Romney Coming Back To Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Mitt Romney plans to campaign Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, making it a busy day for presidential candidates in the state.
Romney, the Republican nominee, will speak at a rally Wednesday night at a Cedar Rapids airport hangar. On Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama will speak at a rally at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.
Their appearances will follow Monday's night's final debate and come less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
Most polls show a tight race nationally. Iowa is among nine battleground states that are expected to decide who wins the presidential race.
Man Awaits Sentencing For Slaying of Landlord
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in the slaying of an Iowa City landlord won't be sentenced until next year.
Charles Thompson's sentencing has been rescheduled because a co-defendant's trial has been postponed.
Thompson was charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 death of 64-year-old John Versypt, of Cordova, Ill., A judge declared a mistrial in his case a year ago. Thompson then pleaded guilty to
accessory after the fact and agreed to testify in the murder trial of Justin Marshall.
Marshall's trial has been delayed until Jan. 22. Thompson's sentencing hearing is now set for Feb. 11.
A third man, Courtney White, is scheduled to go to trial for first-degree murder on Jan. 8.
Farmers Are Nearly Done With Harvest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers are very close to wrapping up this year's harvest, but work was delayed by some much-needed rain.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 93 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, which is a month ahead of schedule. Ninety-six percent of the soybean crop is in, almost three weeks ahead of normal.
The USDA says in Monday's weekly report that widespread rain helped Iowa's pasture and range land, but 73 percent is in very poor or poor condition. Hay supplies are running about 42 percent
A slow-moving storm system brought rain to the state on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The statewide average was a-half inch, just shy of the weekly normal of 0.56 inches.
Deputy Cleared Of Charges For Shooting Man
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says no charges will be filed against a Van Buren County deputy who shot and killed a man last week.
Authorities say Deputy Jon Tharp fired one shot that killed 59-year-old Robert Dooley, of Brighton, on Oct. 16. Dooley was shot on Iowa Highway 2 near Cantril. Deputies were investigating reports
of a man wearing a military uniform and armed with a rifle walking along the highway and making obscene gestures.
The agency says deputies ordered Dooley to drop the rifle. Dooley raised the rifle toward the deputies, and Tharp shot him. The agency says Dooley's weapon was an air rifle that looked like a
Winchester lever action rifle.
The DCI says Monday that Tharp's actions were justified and no charges will be filed.