Judge approves inmate transport for landlord murder case

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 23, 2012 6:30 AM

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A Johnson County judge has approved the transport of another inmate to Iowa City for a deposition in the first-degree murder case of Justin Marshall.

Marshall is accused of killing Iowa City landlord John Versypt in October 2009.

Another man, Charles William Curtis Thompson, was also charged with murder in connection with the case, but a judge declared his trial a mistrial in September 2011 after the prosecution played part of a videotaped interview with Thompson that officials agreed would not be shown to the jury.

In December 2011, Thompson pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and signed documents stating he knew Marshall killed Versypt.

During Thompson’s trial, officials spoke of three inmates who said Marshall, not Thompson, killed Versypt.

The judge on Wednesday approved the transport of Earl William Freeman from the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility for a deposition on Aug. 31. Earlier this month, the judge approved the transport of inmates Carl Louis Johnson Jr. and Antonio Nathaniel Martin to Iowa City for Marshall’s trial. All three inmates will be held in the Johnson County Jail.

Marshall’s trail is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 9 a.m.

— by Brent Griffiths

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