Centerville Man Faces Additional Murder Charge Following Child’s Autopsy


A Centerville man faces an additional murder charge after the autopsy results of a child who died in his care in January were revealed.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the autopsy by the State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded earlier this week that blunt force trauma was the cause of death for two-year-old Journey Marberry.

As a result, authorities say 48-year-old Roger Gillespie has been charged with first-degree murder, a Class A felony. If convicted, Gillespie faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

According to authorities, on January 19, officials received a call concerning an injured child. Emergency personnel discovered an injured Journey Marberry and immediately took her to the local hospital. Journey was then transferred to a hospital in Iowa City. She died from her injuries on January 27.

Gillespie was arrested on January 27 and charged with child endangerment – resulting in death.

Law enforcement says Gillespie has been made aware of the new murder charge he faces. Gillespie remains housed in the Appanoose County Jail.

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