Third Trial Date Set in 2009 Iowa City Homicide

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

Iowa City Police Sgt. David Droll holds up the loaded .38 caliber revolver found near the body of John Versypt for the jury to see as he testifies in the first degree murder trial of Charles W. Thompson Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at the Johnson County District Courthouse in Iowa City. Thompson, 19, of Iowa City, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after officers found the body of landlord John Versypt, 64, of Cordova, Ill., in the hallway of the Broadway Condominiums with a gun lying next to him in October of 2009. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)


By Liz Blood

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Yet another trial date – after being postponed three times – has been scheduled for one of three suspects charged in connection with the 2009 killing of an Iowa City landlord.

Justin Marshall, 21, is now scheduled to be tried on a first-degree murder charge on Jan. 22, according to a judge’s order filed this afternoon. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 11, and a hearing on the defense’s motion to suppress evidence is scheduled for Oct. 25, according to online court records.

A judge granted the third delay in the case in August after Marshall’s defense attorney informed the court that attorneys still needed to depose witnesses, including Charles Thompson, one of Marshall’s co-defendants.

Thompson initially was charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of accessory after the fact in December after a mistrial in his case. As part of the plea deal, Thompson agreed to testify against Marshall.

Thompson has been in jail since taking the plea deal because he agreed to remain in custody until after his sentencing, and his sentencing has been postponed until after Marshall’s trial.

A third co-defendant, Courtney White, 23, of Coralville, was arrested in October on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the case. His trial still is scheduled for Jan. 8.

All three men are accused in the killing John Versypt, 64, of Cordova, Ill., on Oct. 8, 2009, as the landlord checked in on his condominiums in south Iowa City. Versypt, according to police, was fatally shot in the head and hand during an attempted robbery while he was working on one of his units in the Broadway Condominiums.

If convicted, both Marshall and White face mandatory life sentences in prison.
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