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Cedar Rapids woman was strangled to death, medical examiner says

Husband charged with first-degree murder in death

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A state deputy medical examiner confirmed Tuesday that Chantele Crowley died last week by strangulation and the manner of death was homicide.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators found a cellphone charging cord near the 39-year-old's body in her mobile home, 1808 Eastern Drive SW, Lot 41 in Cedar Rapids, on June 30, after receiving a request from family to conduct a welfare check.

Her husband, Shawn Crowley, 43, is charged with first-degree murder in her death. According to the complaint, Shawn Crowley admitted to several witnesses that he killed his wife before turning himself into police later that night. They both lived in the mobile home at the time of the incident. 

Petitions for protective orders found last week showed a pattern of stalking, physical abuse and harassment by Shawn Crowley. She had asked the court for multiple protective orders since 2009, with the latest petition being filed in May. Chantele had left Shawn in May and accused him of stalking her and her friends, and slashing her tires.

According to the petitions, the couple would often split up and then reunite.

Shawn Crowley remains in the Linn County Jail on a $1 million bond. Arraignment and trial date are pending.

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