Second arrest made in 2009 murder of Iowa City landlord - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Second arrest made in 2009 murder of Iowa City landlord

Posted:
Justin Alexander Marshall Justin Alexander Marshall
IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Iowa City police have made a second arrest in the 2009 murder of landlord John Versypt.

Justin Alexander Marshall, 19, is charged with first degree murder for his role in the Oct. 8, 2009 murder of 64-year-old John E. Versypt of Cordova, Illinois.

According to police, Versypt was working on his property at 1958 Broadway St. in the #C building on Oct. 8, 2009, when he was shot and killed.

When police arrived on scene, they found a gun lying next to Versypt's body.  The autopsy confirmed that he died of a gunshot wound to the head and tests on the bullet determined that it was fired from the gun found near the body.

Police arrested Charles William Curtis Thompson on Feb. 11, 2010 and charged him with first degree murder in the death of Versypt.

Thompson was found wearing clothing matching the description witnesses gave of the man seen running from the scene.  Test results found gunshot residue on Thompson's clothing.

Investigators say that Marshall was in the same hallway shortly before Versypt arrived.

A witness heard a "pop" and saw several people run from the scene.  Within seconds, witnesses then heard Marshall knocking on a door and whispering to be let in.

Police say Marshall was also seen with Thompson and the gun they believe is the murder weapon the night before Versypt's murder.

Marshall's clothing also tested positive for gunshot residue.  Police also say that Marshall tried to get three people to provide a false alibi for him.

Marshall was arrested around 2:15 a.m. Thursday in Lancaster, Texas without incident by officers from Iowa City and Lancaster.

He is being held at the Dallas County, Texas Jail awaiting extradition with a $1,000,000.00 bond.

Investigators say they have other people of interest connected with the murder and the case remains under investigation.

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • UPDATE: Missing Waterloo man located

    UPDATE: Missing Waterloo man located

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:29:43 GMT
    Richard Taylor, 79, of Waterloo went missing Saturday morning.Richard Taylor, 79, of Waterloo went missing Saturday morning.
    Family and friends are worried they haven't seen or heard from a 79-year-old Waterloo man who uses a pacemaker since this weekend.More >>
    Family and friends are worried they haven't seen or heard from a 79-year-old Waterloo man who uses a pacemaker since this weekend.More >>
  • Tax-free holiday this weekend in Iowa

    Tax-free holiday this weekend in Iowa

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:40:17 GMT
    Mark your calendars for this coming weekend ?and head out to stock your closets with back to school clothes. Iowa retailers anticipate another big turnout for this year's sales tax holiday, Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2.During the two-day period, retailers waive sales tax on most clothing and shoes priced below $100. This applies at big-box retailers as well as local stores.State lawmakers approved the annual tax holiday in 1999 to give families a break as they buy back-to-school cloth...More >>
    Mark your calendars for this coming weekend ?and head out to stock your closets with back to school clothes. Iowa retailers anticipate another big turnout for this year's sales tax holiday, Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2.During the two-day period, retailers waive sales tax on most clothing and shoes priced below $100. This applies at big-box retailers as well as local stores.State lawmakers approved the annual tax holiday in 1999 to give families a break as they buy back-to-school cloth...More >>
  • Caught on radar: Beer-loving bugs swarm in Midwest

    Caught on radar: Beer-loving bugs swarm in Midwest

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:10:16 GMT
    Mayflies have begun hatching in the Mississippi River, emerging from the water in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces and leave behind a slimy mess.More >>
    Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.