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Independent autopsy of Helen Showalter granted

Greg Showalter is charged with his wife's murder
Greg Showalter is charged with his wife's murder(source: Wapello County Jail)
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 11:19 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - New developments in the case against Greg Showalter, Sr. He’s the Ottumwa man accused of killing his wife Helen this past July.

Court records show the defense requested permission to conduct a private autopsy of Helen Showalter, the prosecution didn’t object and the judge granted the request.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office released the body of Helen Showalter so it could be moved to Dr. Shiping Bao in Urbana, Illinois.

Dr. Boa’s examination of the remains was to take place on Wednesday, September 22 at 1 pm.

Court documents say once the examination was over, the body was to be transported to Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa where the family could make arrangements.

Other court documents show the Wapello County Attorney has filed new charges against Greg Showalter.

He was initially charged with murder in the first degree, but now the county attorney filed three other charges. They are abuse of corpse, willful injury, and domestic abuse assault by impeding breathing or circulation causing bodily injury.

With these new charges, the county attorney offers more insight into why these charges were filed.

The court document says Showalter, Sr. on or about July 31 of 2021 did unlawfully and willfully hide or failed to disclose the known location of a corpse with the intent to conceal a crime.

In the willful injury charge, it says the defendant did unlawfully and willfully perform an act, without justification, with the intent to cause serious injury.

The third charge of domestic abuse assault by impeding breathing or circulation causing bodily injury says Showalter knowingly impeded the normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure to the throat or neck.

The cause of death has not been released in this case despite an autopsy being done by the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office.

Showalter has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His next pretrial is set for December and a trial date of January 4th was scheduled.

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