DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two men who shot at each other in downtown Cedar Rapids are claiming a legal shield from prosecution under Iowa's "stand your ground" law. The Des Moines Register reports that Michael Hodges Jr., of Cedar Rapids, and Zevon Johnson, of Urbandale, have pleaded not guilty and say the law passed last year makes them immune from prosecution.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a woman was found intoxicated in her Des Moines home after her 8-year-old son wandered to a neighborhood gathering. Polk County Court records say Morgan Brown-Edmundson is charged with three counts of child endangerment and is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 2. The records don't list an attorney for her. Neighbors called police Sunday after the boy showed up at a neighborhood gathering. He told adults there he was worried about his mom because he couldn't awaken her.
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A city in southeastern Iowa has agreed to pay $2 million to the family of a woman who was mistakenly killed by a police officer. The settlement between the estate of Autumn Steele and the city of Burlington was reached earlier this month. An attorney for the estate announced the dollar amount on Monday. The disclosure of police video of the incident wasn't part of the settlement. The estate's attorney, Dave O'Brien, says the family wants the video released but the city is refusing.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Parole has granted work release to a woman convicted in 2004 of fatally shooting her husband. The Des Moines Register reports 50-year-old Dixie Shanahan Duty, of Defiance, was granted work release earlier in June. Duty acknowledged killing her husband, Scott Shanahan, but said it was in self-defense. A jury convicted Duty of second-degree murder, but shortly before leaving office Gov. Tom Vilsack commuted her sentence, making her eligible for parole after 10 years.
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