NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Public defenders are seeking to stop representing an Iowa man charged with murder after revelations that their boss moonlights for a police department involved in the case. Lawyers with the special defense unit of the State Public Defender’s office said in a filing Wednesday that they now believe their representation of Jeffrey Stendrup is a conflict of interest. They have asked a judge for permission to withdraw from the case
ADEL, Iowa (AP) — Two men arrested on suspicion of breaking into an Iowa courthouse say they were hired to test the building’s alarm system. The Des Moines Register reports that the men were found in the Dallas County Courthouse early Wednesday after an alarm was tripped. The men told deputies they worked for the cybersecurity firm Coalfire and had been hired to test the courthouse alarm system, but court officials say they sought only to test the security of electronic records.
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Police in southeastern Iowa have identified a man killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers. The Division of Criminal Investigation says 20-year-old Caleb Daniel Peterson, of Burlington, was the suspect killed in the exchange just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. No officers were injured. An autopsy has been ordered.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Drake men’s basketball player has been charged with an off-campus shooting that he says was accidental. Des Moines police say Tremell Murphy was charged Thursday with discharging a firearm inside city limits and making false reports to law enforcement. Court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. A university spokesman says Murphy has been removed from basketball activities. Murphy was a starting forward for the Bulldogs as a junior last year.