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Iowa man suspected of killing woman pleads not guilty

September 15, 2020 GMT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A man charged in the killing of his girlfriend’s mother in Fort Dodge earlier this year has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Mark Russell, 29, of Fort Dodge, pleaded not guilty on Monday to first-degree murder in the January beating death of 45-year-old Angela McLeod, The Messenger reported.

Police were called to McLeod’s home on Jan. 20 for a domestic dispute report and found her gravely injured. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said in court documents that they believe Russell used a golf club to beat McLeod.

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Russell was found competent to stand trial in May following mental health treatment after his lawyer said he had a history of suffering from schizophrenia.

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