Husband of JoEllen Browning charged with first-degree murder in her death

Roy Browning, Jr., 67, of Iowa City (Courtesy: Johnson County Jail)
Roy Browning, Jr., 67, of Iowa City (Courtesy: Johnson County Jail)(KCRG)
Published: Oct. 28, 2019 at 10:24 PM CDT
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A man who was married to a woman killed in April in Iowa City has been arrested and charged with her murder.

Roy Browning, Jr., 67, of Iowa City, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, according to arresting documents. He was taken into custody at around 7:13 p.m. on Monday, October 28.

Browning was married to JoEllen Browning, 65,

in their home on Friday, April 5, 2019. Her death was determined to be by homicide, and caused by


The Brownings were married for 42 years. The couple had two adult children. JoEllen was the director of operating budgets at University of Iowa Health Care. Roy is a businessman.

Roy is being held at the Johnson County Jail on a $5 million bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 8.