Cedar Rapids man charged in Fort Dodge cold case murder

In December of 2016 - Donald Preston was found dead in a field just southwest of Fort Dodge.
Published: Feb. 2, 2023 at 6:55 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A Cedar Rapids man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a cold case from 2016.

Christopher Johnson, 49, of Cedar Rapids, is accused of killing Donald Preston in December 2016. Preston’s body was located in a field southwest of Fort Dodge on December 26, 2016. Investigators said he died after being shot in the head and abdomen.

Investigators said Johnson was driving with Preston when Johnson displayed his handgun. He’s accused of then shooting Preston and leaving his body in a field.

Johnson will appear in court Friday morning. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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