First Degree Murder Charge Filed in Muckersville Homicide

Officers with a woman identifying herself as "a friend of the family" as law enforcement surrounds a property on Janette Nehl Lane east of Alburnett Road where a body was found on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, north of Alburnett in rural Central City. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Katie Stinson

LINN COUNTY, Iowa - A suspect in last Friday's homicide in Linn County is now charged with Murder in the First Degree and Possession of Firearms by a Felon.

The suspect, Martin Wilkinson, is accused of shooting and killing Gregory William O’Hare, Friday. The state medical examiner says he died from several gun shot wounds.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office responded to Wilkinson's home after a neighbor found O' Hare faced down in a yard, Friday. Wilkinson had then locked himself in his home and refused to come out.

A SWAT team was brought in to set a perimeter around the house on 2567 Windy Hill Circle. Police were trying to get Wilkinson out. Authorities then brought in negotiators to try and talk him out, but after multiple attempts, Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said it became clear he wasn't coming out on his own.

Much of the area, considered Muckersville, was blocked off by police all day. It wasn't until around 4:00 p.m Friday that TV9 crews on scene heard several popping noises.

Officers made the decision to use tear gas to get Wilkinson out. He then exited the home, but according to officers, began to struggle with deputies. Gardner said a taser gun then had to be used to get him into handcuffs.

"Because of the chemical agent here and because of the policy regarding the use of taser, we have transported him, non-emergency, to be checked by a doctor," Gardner said. The suspect was the only person in the home at the time of the standoff.

Wilkinson was being treated at Mercy Medical Center for injuries he received before authorities intervened. He's since been released and is now in the Linn County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
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