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Des Moines police charge man with murder after finding body

September 1, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man is charged with first-degree murder in what police say was the city’s 10th homicide of 2019.

Police responded to a call about a shooting Saturday afternoon and found the body of 45-year-old John Lee Belcher of Des Moines inside a home.

Charges were announced Sunday against 47-year-old Stanley Paul Wofford of Des Moines. It wasn’t immediately clear if Wofford had an attorney.

Witnesses told police they heard four to six gunshots.

Police have not disclosed a potential motive for the shooting.

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