Two men connected to investigation of Linn County murder face federal charges

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Two men named in a search warrant in the murder investigation of Christopher Bagley face unrelated federal gun possession charges.

Paul Hoff of Cedar Rapids is charged with 2 counts of possession of firearms by a felon, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Hoff pleaded guilty this week.

Logan Gerber of Marion is charged with possession of a firearm by a drug user and possession of an unregistered firearm.

None of the charges are connected to the investigation or murder of Christopher Bagley.

Both Hoff and Gerber are named in a January search warrant filed by the Linn County Sheriff's office to search Hoff's residence for evidence related to Bagley's murder.

According to the search warrant, Bagley was last seen alive at Hoff's home. It says a woman told investigators Hoff and Bagley were talking about robbing someone and that she left without Bagley. Hoff later told investigators that Bagley left his home between 7 and 7:30 am on December 14th. The last calls to or from Bagley's cell phone also traced back to the area around Hoff's trailer.

Also in the warrant, Gerber said that Bagley called him at 3:32 am on December 14th to tell him to get ready to come to Hoff's trailer and to be ready for "the Grand Finale". Gerber told investigators he thought that meant Bagley was going to rob someone.