Man Pleads Guilty To Iowa Woman's Slaying

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old Council Bluffs man is scheduled to be sentenced later this month for killing a woman in Glenwood.

Online court records say Chad Fortner pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and a related charge after prosecutors dropped a charge of second-degree murder. His sentencing hearing is set for March 31.

Authorities say Fortner killed 47-year-old Carol Meston. She was found unconscious in her Glenwood home on Oct. 12. She died the next day.

Fortney, who was staying with Meston, originally told authorities he was involved in an altercation at the home with a male acquaintance. He'd said Meston was knocked down during the altercation, hitting her head on a piece of furniture.
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