One of Three Connected with Fatal Iowa City Shooting Faces New Drug Charges

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - The Johnson County Attorney's Office has filed three new felony drug charges against one of three men arrested following a fatal officer-involved shooting near Iowa City in August.

An arrest warrant for John Mulbah, 22, on three new controlled substance violations was executed Tuesday at the Johnson County Jail, where Mulbah already was being held on suspicion of a felony drug charge filed after the shooting on Aug. 16 in the Breckenridge Estates mobile home park, according to online court records and jail officials.

According to trial information filed Monday in Johnson County District Court, Mulbah is accused of selling a total of 14 grams of crack cocaine to undercover officers on Aug. 10 in exchange for $1,760.

Mulbah is demanding a speedy trial on the new charges, and the case is set for trial on Jan. 15.

Six days after Mulbah's alleged drug deal with undercover agents, investigators say they believe he, along with Demarco Dudley, 22 and Norman Dudley, 20, were present when an alleged drug deal involving undercover narcotics agents went awry just east of Iowa City limits.

According to Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness, two undercover agents with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement showed up at Trainer 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 with their faces covered, according to Lyness.

Hardemon pulled a handgun and asked the masked men 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 other men ran from the trailer and fled across the street to an empty lot, where Hardemon collapsed and 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.

Demarco Dudley, who was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery in connection with the shooting, is being held at the Johnson County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Norman Dudley, who was arrested on suspicion of a controlled substance violation related to a separate incident, has been released from the Johnson County Jail.

Mulbah, who also was arrested at that time on a separate controlled substance violation stemming from an alleged transaction on Aug. 13, now is being held on a total $62,500 bond, according to jail officials.

All three of the men have entered not guilty pleas and demanded a speedy trial in connection with the charges filed after the shooting, and they are scheduled to go before a jury on Nov. 6.
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