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Jury convicts man in killing of hunter in southern Iowa

February 15, 2019

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a man in the killing of a hunter in south-central Iowa.

The Daily Iowegian reports the Appanoose County jury found Ethan Davis guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Curtis Ross.

Jurors reached the verdict Friday afternoon, hours after telling a judge they were deadlocked in their deliberations. The judge instructed them to continue trying to reach a unanimous verdict.

Authorities say Ross was shot 10 times with a high-powered rifle on Nov. 24, 2017, stabbed more than 26 times and his neck, abdomen and legs gashed open. A sheriff’s deputy found Ross’ naked body in a creek on public hunting grounds in Appanoose County.

Davis’ attorney Ken Duker said during his closing arguments Thursday that there were too many unanswered questions in the case. He acknowledged that Davis’ rifle killed Ross but said, “The question is: Who pulled the trigger?”

Davis, of Promise City, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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Information from: The Daily Iowegian, http://www.dailyiowegian.com