Two of Three Connected with Fatal Iowa City Shooting Face Federal Charges

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two of the three people arrested following a fatal officer-involved shooting near Iowa City in August will be prosecuted in federal court instead of at the county court level.

John Mulbah, 21, and Norman Dudley, 21, both were indicted on Thursday in U.S. District Court. Mulbah now faces federal charges including conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and five counts of distribution of cocaine base. Dudley faces conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and one count of distribution of cocaine base, according to online records.

Coinciding with the new charges, the Johnson County Attorney's Office on Monday dismissed the state's cases against both men, according to online court records. A third man who was arrested following the shooting, Demarco Dudley, 22, has not been indicted at the federal level.

His case remains at the county level, and he's scheduled to be tried on a charge of first-degree robbery on Feb. 5.

A trial date for Mulbah and Norman Dudley has been scheduled for Jan. 7 in federal court, according to online court records.

A redacted indictment for Mulbah and Dudley accuses them of conspiring with each other and other people on Aug. 14 and again on Aug. 17 to distribute at least 28 grams of a substance containing cocaine. Mulbah also is accused of distributing a mixture containing cocaine on Aug. 10 and Aug. 13, and both men are accused of distribution on Aug. 14.

Mulbah originally was arrested and charged with five drug related violations after a fatal shooting on Aug. 16 in the Breckenridge Estates mobile home part. Norman Dudley originally was charged at the county level for two drug-related charges.

His brother, Demarco Dudley, was the only one of the three who was arrested in connection with the Aug. 16 shooting, although authorities suspect they were all present when an alleged drug deal involving undercover agents went awry.

According to Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness, two undercover officers with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement arrived at Trailer C7 about 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and met Ivan Hardemon, 24. Once inside the unit, Demarco Dudley and another man are accused of emerging from the back of the trailer with their faces covered, according to Lyness.

Hardemon pulled a handgun and asked his cohorts to pat down the two officers, Lyness reported. Agent Daniel Stepleton had a gun tucked behind his back, and when one of the masked men found it, Stepleton leaned against the wall to keep him from removing it, according to Lyness.

Hardemon touched his gun to Stepleton's head, Lyness reported, and Stepleton tried to push the weapon away while reaching back for his own. Lyness said he fired four shots, hitting Hardemon in the chest and arm.

Demarco Dudley also was hit twice in the arm, according to Lyness.

Hardemon and the men ran from the trailer and fled across the street to an empty lot, where Hardemon died, according to Lyness. Dudley made it away from the scene and was treated for his injuries at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
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