MAN ONCE CONVICTED IN 2009 IOWA SLAYING REACHES PLEA DEAL

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Man Once Convicted in 2009 Iowa Slaying Reaches Plea Deal

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man once convicted of killing an Iowa City landlord in 2009 has made a deal to plead guilty.

A motion submitted Thursday in Johnson County District Court doesn’t say what charge will be pleaded to by Justin Marshall. The motion asked the court to set a hearing for the plea and sentencing.

In 2013 Marshall was convicted of shooting to death 64-year-old John Versypt in a stairway at the Broadway Condominiums in southeast Iowa City. Police and prosecutors have said it was a robbery gone awry.

But Marshall’s conviction was overturned, and the Iowa Supreme Court ruled last June that he should get a new trial because authorities relied on the testimony of a jailhouse informant, violating Marshall’s right to an attorney.

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