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Jury finds Waterloo man guilty of murder

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A Black Hawk County jury has found Montez Caples guilty of first degree murder in the death of Robert Shannon.

Montez Caples, 22, was accused of killing 34-year-old Robert Shannon of Parkersburg back on December 14th.  Police found Shannon slumped over the wheel of his car in the 100 block of Popular Avenue in Waterloo.

Tuesday, both the defense and prosecution rested their case after a week's worth of testimony in the murder trial.  Prosecutors say Caples committed a senseless act, shooting Shannon in the back of the head in broad daylight.  The defense argues Caples only pulled the trigger after being threatened by his roommate Diwayne Brown, whose uncle had fought with the victim, Robert Shannon.

"It was also about a gun, a gun that Montez Caples believed would be pointed at him if he didn't do exactly what Diwayne ordered him to do," said Jill Eimermann, defense attorney.

"He put the gun in the back of his head, pushed it, and shot him and ran--an unarmed man, unprovoked, and without warning, shot him in broad daylight.  He brags about it a little bit, goes at gets something to eat, and goes to a strip club," Brian Williams, Black Hawk County assistant attorney said.

Caples decided not to testify in his own defense. 

On Wednesday afternoon, after about four hours of deliberation, a Black Hawk County jury returned a guilty verdict.  Victim Robert Shannon's parents cried as the verdict was read.  They're glad the case has come to a close, but say it's unfortunate many lives have been destroyed as a result of Caples' actions, and they're sorry to see Caples' young child left fatherless.

"It closes some for us, you know, because it's over. We don't have to look for, just the sentencing we have to look for. But it doesn't help me any that Montez has wrecked his life as well as taking Bubba out of this world. But there's a minor child that's going to be affected with this, there's so many other people that are affected with this. I get no satisfaction out of that," said SalliJo Shannon, Robert's mother.

Shannon says her son, Bobby was a loving, caring young man.  She admits he'd had his troubles, but says he was starting to turn his life around after moving to live with family in Iowa, from Arkansas.

Just as the murder trial was getting under way, Shannon's parents spread his ashes at Garden of Memories in Waterloo, so he could rest in peace with his late grandmother and sister.  They plan to return to Iowa for Caples' sentencing to give victim impact statements, and will also come back for any possible appeal hearings down the road.

No sentencing date has been set, and no word on whether Caples will appeal his verdict.


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