Woman agrees to testify against man in Des Moines slaying

September 24, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the slaying of a Des Moines man.

The Des Moines Register reports that 36-year-old Crystal Purdy entered the pleas Friday to burglary and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony. Her plea deal calls for her to testify against others involved, including 46-year-old William Burton II. He’s pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the fatal shooting of Cody Channon. His trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 28.

Investigators say they suspect Burton and Purdy went to Channon’s home to confront him in January, and then Burton intentionally shot Channon once in the chest. Police say Burton and Purdy told investigators the gun went off during a scuffle.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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