- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a Muscatine man guilty in the death of his stepfather.

The Muscatine Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1KPs6nQ ) 31-year-old Cody Curtis was convicted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter. An original second-degree murder charge had been filed against Curtis in the May 2014 death of 45-year-old Timothy Lane and was elevated to first-degree murder in June.

The involuntary manslaughter conviction means jurors determined Curtis unintentionally killed Lane.

Police were called to a report of a stabbing and found Lane had been injured. Efforts to resuscitate Lane were unsuccessful, and he was later pronounced dead. Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren has said was stabbed about five times and died of a knife wound to the chest.

Curtis’ sentencing is scheduled for June 26. He faces up to two years in jail.


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

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