- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa prosecutor says a man meticulously planned to kill his former girlfriend’s fiance, but a defense attorney says mental illness and side effects from a medication caused his client to commit the slaying.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1Ka2KSJ ) that the trial of 27-year-old David Moffitt, of Pleasant Hill, began with opening statements Tuesday in Polk County District Court. Moffitt’s charged with murder, accused of shooting 30-year-old Justin Michael in May 2014 in Grimes as Michael slept next to his fiancee, Angie Ver Huel, a woman Moffitt had romanced.

The attorneys say Moffitt and Ver Huel, a Waukee schoolteacher, dated for about three months in spring 2013, but they broke up after Ver Huel met and started dating Michael that June.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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