Mangler found guilty of second-degree murder in Christmas 2016 killing

Drew Mangler, 24, of Dubuque (Courtesy: Jackson County Jail)
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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG/AP) - A jury found a Dubuque man guilty of a murder charge on Wednesday, related to a 2016 stabbing death on Christmas Day.

Drew Mangler, 24, of Dubuque, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of James Remakel, 59. Sentencing will be held on March 22.

Police found Remakel's body after being called to a house in Bellevue on Dec. 25, 2016. An autopsy showed Remakel had been stabbed nearly three dozen times in his upper body, neck and head. He was believed to have been dead for several days before police found him.

The Telegraph Herald reports that defense attorney Derek Jones said in his closing arguments Tuesday that investigators ignored other potential suspects. Prosecutor Andrew Prosser said Mangler had "the means, the motive and the opportunity to commit this crime."

Investigators say they found a shoe with Remakel's blood on it during a search of Mangler's house.