Man charged with murder in Ottumwa shooting death

August 27, 2018

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old man is accused of shooting to death another man in Ottumwa.

A tipster reported the shooting at a home Thursday night, and police found the wounded man there. He was taken to Ottumwa Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name hasn’t been released.

Police found the car driven by the shooting suspect and arrested him early Friday. He’s been identified as 18-year-old Jacob Heckethorn.

Wapello County District Court records say he’s already pleaded not guilty to the charges: first-degree murder and attempted murder. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for Heckethorn, who’s being held on a cash-only bail of $1 million.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

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