Cedar Rapids Stabbing Death Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bobbie Little has pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of Shanna Beyhl.

According to online court records, Little, 32, of Cedar Rapids filed a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday. His final pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 9, 2014 and his trial has been slated to begin Oct. 20.

Beyhl, 37, was found dead in her apartment at 228 Jacolyn Drive SW on April 4 after police conducted a welfare check. It was determined that she had been stabbed to death.

Little was taken into custody early on in the investigation, but not on a murder charge. Instead, he was charged with second-degree theft for allegedly trading or giving away items belonging to Beyhl, including her cellphone, television and a gaming system.

Police recovered clothing and shoes belonging to Little were sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation lab for examination and tested positive for Beyhl’s DNA. His fingerprints were also found at the crime scene.

Little remains in custody on a $750,000 bond. If convicted of first-degree murder, he would face an automatic life sentence.

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