Central City Man Accused of Murder Pleads Not Guilty, Trial Set for November

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Central City man accused of a shooting and killing a Cedar Rapids man last month pleaded not guilty Thursday and his trial is set Nov. 26, in Linn County District Court.

Martin Wilkinson, 63, is charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is accused in the fatal shooting of Gregory O'Hare, 47, of Cedar Rapids, on Aug. 24. An Astra A-7 handgun found in his home was identified by police as the weapon used in the homicide, according to a criminal complaint.

According to an autopsy, O'Hare was shot at least eight times and five of those went into his back. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Wilkinson, while being treated at Mercy Medical Center for injuries suffered prior to a standoff with police, made the statement "It just got out of hand," according to a criminal complaint.

According to the search warrant, Wilkinson admitted to a police negotiator that he shot O'Hare. This was during the standoff before Wilkinson came out of his cabin. Witnesses who heard gunshots the day before they discovered O'Hare's body Aug. 24, in a rural area a short distance from Wilkinson's home.

Police recovered 37 weapons including various calibers and brands of shotguns, rifles, revolvers and pistols, and various ammunition for the weapons from his home, according to the search warrant.
Wilkinson remains under bond in the Linn County Jail.
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