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Man arrested for Marshall County murders

Marshall County (KWWL)

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office has arrested 27 year old Kyle Deemer, of West Des Moines on two counts of murder in the first degree.

Around 5:30 Friday evening police were called to Highways 96 and 14, to an accident related to a shooting.

A short time later, authorities say they found the car Deemer was driving in, in a wooded area near Iowa Falls in Hardin County.

Authorities found 24 year old Jessica Dawn Deemer of Waukee, Iowa, and  24 year old Bryce Lee Mercer of West Des Moines, Iowa

Deemer is being held in Marshall County Jail.



At appx. 17:30 hrs on 10/17/2008 the Marshall County Communications Center received a 911 call indicating that a

possible motor vehicle accident had occurred in the 1300 mile of Sanford Ave(Hwy 14) in Marshall County.

Subsequent 911 calls indicated that there were shots fired at the scene.

Deputies from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office as well as the Green Mountain Fire Department and First

Responders were dispatched to the location.

Upon arrival, the responding agencies discovered two (2) victims along side the roadway, as well as a car in the east

ditch. Preliminary investigation indicated that a male and a female, in their 20's, had been shot and killed on scene.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was called to the scene to work with investigators from the Marshall

County Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses stated that a suspect fled the scene northbound on Hwy 14 in a silver pickup truck. Deputies were able to

determine a description and possible license number of the suspect vehicle. Surrounding law enforcement agencies

were notified of the fleeing vehicle's description. Shortly after the notification was sent out, the Eldora Police

Department located the suspect vehicle and a chase ensued. Several local, county and state officers joined in the

pursuit with the chase ending in northwest Hardin County due to the vehicle leaving the roadway.

The immediate area surrounding the vehicle's location was secured and a search started. Later in the evening, the

suspect was apprehended, by the Iowa State Patrol, without incident while he was on foot in southern Hamilton


The suspect was taken into custody and charged with two(2) counts of Murder in the First Degree. At this time, the

suspect is being held in the Marshall County Jail, without bond.

Names of the victims and the suspect are being with-held pending notification of their immediate families. The

Marshall County Sheriff's Office anticipates submitting an updated News Release, with the names, later in the

afternoon on 10/18/2008.

No other information will be available until released via placement on our website.

Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus

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