Prosecutors drop a charge against Greg Showalter, Sr.

(source: Wapello County Jail)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 7:29 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Prosecutors have dropped one of the charges against Greg Showalter, Sr. He’s the Ottumwa man charged with the death of his wife Helen Showalter.

The state says in court documents it does not possess documents disproving the defendant’s contention that he legally possessed his firearms. Based on this, the state asked for the charge to be dropped.

Showalter was arrested and charged with felon in possession of a firearm after police got a search warrant for his home and found six guns inside. Due to a prior conviction, Showalter was not allowed to own any guns.

Showalter is still charged with murder in the first degree, abuse of a corpse, willful injury, and domestic abuse assault by impeding breathing or circulation causing bodily injury.

Showalter was arrested after his wife went missing back on July 31st. Her body was found in the Des Moines River the next day.

Prosecutors have not released the cause of death. The defense requested to have its own independent autopsy done on the victim and results from that autopsy also have not been release.

Court documents say Showalter will have a pretrial hearing on December 20th. A jury trial date of January 4th, 2022, has been set.

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