- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A Muscatine man was found not guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his friend.

Jordan Daufeldt, 23, no longer faces life in prison after the jury acquitted him Tuesday. Troy Ott, 23, of Muscatine was killed June 29 during a fight at Daufeldt’s home, where Ott’s girlfriend had been staying following a domestic dispute the previous night.

After they spent the afternoon drinking, the two men headed to the Daufeldt residence with Ott’s 4-year-old son. Daufeldt said Ott became angry after he confronted Ott about his erratic driving. He said Ott threatened him before it got physical. Daufeldt said Ott tackled and punched him, and shoved his sister, Jessica Daufeldt.

Jordan Daufeldt, Jessica Daufeldt and Ott’s girlfriend, Lexi Maeglin, asked Ott to leave the house multiple times. When he continually refused, Jordan Daufeldt pulled out a loaded gun, the Muscatine Journal (https://bit.ly/10ljmUU ) reported. He said he only wanted to scare Ott. During a struggle with the gun, Ott was shot three times.

The defense argued that a 66-second lapse between when the gun was brought out and when it went off showed that Daufeldt wanted to give Ott time to comprehend that the gun was loaded.

Although David Daufeldt was happy his son wasn’t convicted of murder, he pointed out that a life was still lost.

“Today is not a day to celebrate,” he said after the verdict.


Information from: Muscatine Journal, https://www.muscatinejournal.com

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