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Man accused of murder in eastern Iowa shooting death

October 21, 2019 GMT

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A man has been accused of shooting to death a woman at a recreation area in eastern Iowa.

Muscatine County court records say 23-year-old David Hatfield, of Muscatine, faces a murder charge. Authorities say he fatally shot his girlfriend, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Palmer, at Saulsbury Recreation Area on Wednesday. Authorities say she died Thursday at an Iowa City hospital.

Hatfield’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.

The court records say Hatfield initially told investigators that Palmer had shot herself in the head. He later acknowledged that he’d shot her.