Cold Case Murder Suspect's Bond Set at One Million Dollars

Published: Mar. 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM CDT
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An Iowa City man accused in a 1985 cold case murder will be held on a $1 million dollar cash only bond. Anthony Burtch made his initial appearance in Johnson County court Friday morning.

Authorities say Burtch, 57, shot and killed Lance DeWoody in Coralville in August of 1985. Workers at the University of Iowa Oakdale campus found DeWoody suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and neck.

Burtch's attorney argued that his client should not be subject to such a high bond because he is not a flight risk.

Burtch is retired from working for the city of Iowa City in the parking department, his attorney said.

Burtch has two sons, including one that goes to school in the Iowa City area, according to his attorney. He also suffers from diabetes and sometimes goes into diabetic shock, the attorney said.

Judge Ed Leff said because of the nature of the charge he would not reduce the bond.

Family of Burtch attended the hearing, but did not comment to the media after the proceedings.