The man charged with the murder of a Parkersburg man was in court Friday. Montez Caples from Waterloo is charged with first degree murder in the death of Robert Shannon from Parkersburg. Shannon's body was discovered in his car Wednesday afternoon.
Caples made his first appearance in Black Hawk County Court this morning. According to a criminal complaint, Caples admitted to shooting Shannon. According to witnesses, Caples became angry when Shannon began arguing with one of Caples' friends.
When Caples entered the courtroom, his family was nearby. We talked with Caples' uncle who asked us not to use his name.
"I mean I feel for the victim's family. It is close to Christmas. I feel for my own family. Two families are losing. The police department should look more into it," said Caples' Uncle.
Robert Shannon's car sat with the motor running for at least two hours before police were called to investigate.
The Tri-County Drug Task Force was actually in this neighborhood earlier in the day making an arrest, in an unrelated case. Despite these two incidents police say it's a quiet neighborhood.
Director of Safety Services Dan Trelka says Caples and Shannon knew each other but he won't say what the motive was behind the murder.
"This wasn't a random homicide. They were acquainted. They weren't closely acquainted, but we feel we have a likely motive but we're exploring every single option," said Trelka.
People who live in this neighborhood say it's quiet and most keep to themselves. Those we talked to say they are shocked by what happened near the intersection of Poplar and Whittier. Police also say it's not a place where they have increased patrols.
"This is a great neighborhood. It just so happens that this person that they arrested lived within this neighborhood," said Trelka.
With Caples in jail now everyone wants to know why the shooting happened.
"Everyone wants to know the real story. My nephew is not a bad person. He's really not. He's not a bad person," said Caples' Uncle.
"I can't give the officers enough credit in regards to how they went after this investigation, how it came together, and this is the stuff we see on TV. It literally came together to make an arrest within 24 hours," said Trelka.
This isn't the first time Caples has had a run in with the law. He has a long history which includes everything from theft to drug possession and facing charges as early as age 11.
Police also tell us Robert Shannon was recently released from prison.
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