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Iowa City man charged with attempted murder

Alcohol may have played a role in a shooting incident in Iowa City over the last weekend. According to the formal complaint, the suspect faces a number of serious criminal charges, including attempted murder and assault.

The incident began inside a residence in Iowa City, where the suspect was involved in an argument with two other individuals. The suspect walked out of the house, and the other two followed him to see if he could be persuaded to calm down. Instead of taking this advice, the defendant allegedly walked to his vehicle and pulled out a pistol. He fired at the two persons following him, hitting one of them in the arm. The two people ran back into the house, and the suspect ran after them. While following the pair, the suspect allegedly threatened to kill the man who had escaped the first gun shot.

The suspect broke off the chase and returned to his vehicle. He attempted to drive away, but he hit a parked car, and his vehicle stalled. He left the scene on foot but police soon found and arrested him. The police found a .380 caliber handgun nearby; police said that the pistol had been stolen in Linn County. A sobriety test revealed that the suspect had a blood alcohol level of .113. The suspect has been charged with attempted murder, a felon in possession of a firearm and reckless use of a firearm. If convicted, the defendant could serve up to 44 years in prison.

The suspect in this case is facing serious charges, and the evidence, based upon police reports, weighs heavily against him. Nevertheless, the defendant is entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experience criminal defense attorney. Such a consultation can provide a useful evaluation of the evidence and law that will decide the case and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen, "New details revealed in weekend shooting in Iowa City," Stephen Gruber-Miller, Feb. 13, 2017

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