Iowa City Drug Ring Suspect Expected To Plead Guilty

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By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old man who was wounded in a 2012 undercover drug sting outside Iowa City is expected to plead guilty.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Demarco Dudley is scheduled to enter the plea Thursday afternoon in Johnson County District Court. His robbery trial is scheduled to begin next week.

Authorities have said agent Daniel Stepleton went to an Iowa City trailer in August 2012 as part of an undercover operation. He was ambushed by masked men wielding weapons. Police say Ivan Hardemon pointed a gun to Stepleton's head, but the agent grabbed his own weapon and fired. The 24-year-old Hardemon was killed and Dudley was hit twice. Investigators determined Stepleton acted in self-defense.

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