Marion man found guilty of killing woman on Highway 38 near Muscatine

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MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A Marion man has been convicted of killing a woman whose body was found on the side of an eastern Iowa highway.

The Muscatine Journal reports that a jury found Douglas Foster guilty Friday of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he killed Lea Ponce, who lived in Fairfield.

Investigators say Ponce was last seen alive getting into a pickup truck Foster was believed to have been driving. Her body was found just north of Muscatine along Iowa Highway 38 less than an hour later, just before 1 a.m. Jan. 8.

The jury heard testimony that Ponce died from blunt force injuries to her head and chest and that Foster had hit her with a handgun before she was thrown from his truck on the highway.