Marshall faces sentencing for Iowa City landlord murder today


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The motion for a new trial for a man convicted of first-degree murder has been denied, according to online court documents.

Justin Marshall, 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Feb. 7 in the October 2009 slaying of John Versypt, the former landlord of Broadway Condominiums.

In March, following being found guilty, Marshall asked for a new trial. His trial was denied on Thursday, according to an online Courthouse document.

At the time of the incident, Marshall lived with his aunt, cousins, and Charles Thompson, who was dating one of his cousins, at one of the apartments. Thompson was the original suspect in the murder case, but his trial ended in a mistrial.

Thompson later pleaded guilty to the charge of accessory to a felony and signed a document stating Marshall committed the murder of Versypt.

Courtney White is the third suspect in this case. He was allegedly seen leaving the scene of the homicide by a witness and days prior to the incident a witness allegedly told the police he spoke of needing money and potentially committing a robbery.

White could still be convicted of first-degree murder if the prosecution could prove joint criminal conduct between White and Marshall.

Marshall’s sentencing is today, and he will face a mandatory sentencing of life in prison.

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