Third person charged in Versypt slaying

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police have charged a third person with first-degree murder in the October 2009 shooting death of a Broadway landlord, according to a press-release.

Courtney Lynchoyia White, 23, was taken into custody without incident Monday, the release said.

John Versypt, 64, of Cordova, Ill., was found lying in the hallway in 1958 Broadway after being shot while tending to his property.

The arrest comes nearly a week after a Johnson County judge declared a mistrial in the trial of Charles W.C. Thompson, 19, who had also been charged in Versypt's slaying. The mistrial was granted after the prosecution failed to redact portions of a video interview shown to the jury.

Police also charged Justin Alexander Marshall, 20, with first-degree murder on July 14, after an investigation allegedly revealed his involvement.

Before his arrest, Marshall had been held by police as a material witness.

Throughout the trial, Thompson's defense attorney, Tyler Johnston, told the jury Thompson was in his own apartment at the time of the shooting.

The defense also told the jury police pressured neighbors into changing their story during their investigation.

As of Monday evening, White was being held in the Johnson County Jail under $1 million bond, the release said.

— by Hayley Bruce

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