Trial Set for Keokuk County Sheriff on OWI Charge

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By James Steward

SIGOURNEY, Iowa (AP) — Keokuk County Sheriff Jeff Shipley will go on trial this fall on a drunken driving charge.

Shipley was arrested by an Iowa State Patrol trooper on July 27 in Sigourney (SIG'-ohr-nee). He was off-duty and in a private vehicle.

The Ottumwa Courier says Wednesday that Shipley's trial is set for Oct. 3 in Keokuk County District Court. The county attorney's office withdrew from the case and a special prosecutor is handling the state's arguments.

Shipley pleaded guilty in 2008 to drunken boating. In April, he and two of his deputies were involved in a deadly shootout with a man at a farmhouse near Sigourney. A deputy and the man were killed.

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