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Boutchee, Goodwin Jr Trials To Begin Next Month

By Ellis Codjoe, April 19, 2017

The trial of an Ottumwa man charged with Attempted Murder will begin early next month.

Police responded to a home in the 200 block of South Foster Street in the early morning hours of December 5th.

They found two residents who had been assaulted, one of which was reportedly cut with a knife during the alleged attack.

Police quickly arrested Johnnie Lee Boutchee, then 53 years old. Boutchee lived in the home with the two victims.

Wapello County Attorney Gary Oldenburger told Ottumwa Radio News at the time of the incident that at least one of the victims was beaten with a bat. “He suffered a head injury and was cut with a knife or sharp object,” Oldenburger said. He added that another victim, a female was cut during the incident.

Boutchee will be tried beginning May 2nd in the Wapello County Courthouse. He’s been charged with several counts including attempted murder, willful injury causing serious injury (2 counts), going armed with intent, domestic abuse assault displaying or using a weapon (1st offense) and domestic abuse assault (2nd offense).

Boutchee is represented by Public Defender Allen Cook, who filed a demand for a speedy trial in February.

The Trial of a Davis County man is also expected to begin in May.

Michael Thomas Goodwin Jr. has been charged with first degree murder following the shooting death of his father, Michael Goodwin Sr.

Goodwin’s trial is currently scheduled to begin May 16th in the Davis County Courthouse.

The trial will be prosecuted by Doug Hammerand with the State of Iowa Attorney General’s Office due to a conflict of interest in the Davis County Attorney’s Office.

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