Heckethorn Trial Delayed Again


The attempted murder trial of a convicted Ottumwa murderer has been delayed until March.

Jacob Heckethorn faces a charge of attempted murder. Authorities say Heckethorn shot Clifford Collett, Sr. in the early-morning hours of August 16th of last year, at a home on West Second Street in Ottumwa. His trial date had been set for February 11th, but this week, Judge Greg Milani ordered a continuance until March 3rd.

Last month, Heckethorn was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 43-year-old¬†William Shettlesworth, who was killed on August 23rd of last year, one week after Collett was shot. Heckethorn was also convicted of attempted murder for shooting at Shettlesworth’s friend Dustin Greene. He faces sentencing in January, and could receive up to 50 years in prison. The 19-year-old Heckethorn avoided a first-degree murder conviction, which would have meant a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

Heckethorn argued self-defense in his murder trial, and is expected to offer a similar defense in his trial for shooting Collett. If convicted, he faces another sentence of up to 25 years in prison.


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