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Iowa parolee pleads not guilty to killing bail bondsman

December 15, 2017

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa parolee charged with killing an Iowa City bail bondsman has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the case.

Cedar Rapids television station KGAN reports that 41-year-old Curtis Jones entered the written plea Thursday.

A criminal complaint accuses Jones of shooting 34-year-old Jonathan Wieseler in the head while committing a robbery on April 22. Police say Jones was seen on security video near the crime scene and that Wieseler’s DNA was found in Jones’ vehicle.

Jones is also charged with the June murder of Iowa City cab driver Ricky Lillie. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.

The Iowa Board of Parole released Jones from prison years early in November 2016 in an armed robbery case, even though he’d been deemed a high risk to reoffend.

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Information from: KGAN-TV, http://cbs2iowa.com

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