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Second arrest made in 2009 murder of Iowa City landlord

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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.

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