MONTICELLO, Iowa - Moments before a stabbing at a Monticello bar this week, the man accused of the crime indicated that a bar patron -- who was acquitted of murder in 1997 -- would not "hurt anyone in my family again," according to court documents.
Joshua J. Meyer, 26, of Monticello, has been charged with going armed with intent and willful injury, both felonies. He is accused of slicing the neck of Travis D. Jamieson, 35, of Monticello, with a utility knife on Monday evening.
According to an affidavit filed in Jones County District Court, Meyer was removed from the Northside Tavern by a bartender around 8:30 p.m., and while leaving, indicated that Jamieson would not "hurt anyone in my family again." Meyer was escorted out the back door, but police said he returned about 30 minutes later. Meyer allegedly approached Jamieson from behind, reached around his neck and cut Jamieson's neck from his chin to right ear with a utility knife, according to the affidavit. Meyer then fled out the back door.
Jamieson was seen at Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, and then transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids for further treatment. His condition remains unknown.
Jones County Attorney Phil Parsons confirmed Friday that Jamieson is the same person who was acquitted of murder in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Cathy Jo (Cox) Bohlken in 1993. Bohlken was found with more than 50 stab wounds and bound in duct tape. Jamieson, arrested about two years after Bohlken's death, spent more than a year in jail because he was unable to post bond before a Linn County jury found him not guilty.
Following the criminal trial, Bohlken's parents Dean and Karen Cox filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jamieson. According to a Gazette article from January 2000, a Jones County jury determined Jamieson was responsible for Bohlken's death and ordered him to pay $6 million to Bohlken's son, Michael, who was 9 years old at the time.
Parsons said investigators had not confirmed what Meyer was referring to with his alleged comment about hurting his family, and did not know if it was a reference to the Bohlken murder. Dean Cox Sr., reached at his Monticello home Friday, said he did not know of any relation Meyer has to their family.
Meyer is currently being held in the Jones County jail on a $75,000 bond. The case remains under investigation.