Ottumwa Man Charged in Multiple Shootings Has Another Trial Moved Back


The Ottumwa man facing charges in two different shooting incidents has had another one of his trials pushed back.

Jacob Heckethorn faces a charge of attempted murder, along with a list of lesser counts, in the wounding of Clifford Collett, Sr. Authorities say Heckethorn shot Collett in the early-morning hours of August 16th of last year, at a home on West Second Street in Ottumwa. His trial was scheduled to begin on August 20th, but at the pretrial hearing, the trial date was pushed back to February 11th of next year.

This is the second time since June that the 19-year-old Heckethorn has had a trial delayed. He faces a count of first-degree murder and a count of attempted murder after being accused of shooting at two men at a residence on North Ward Street, one week after Collett was shot. 43-year-old William Shettlesworth was shot and killed on August 23rd, while Dustin Greene was shot at but not injured.

Heckethorn’s trial in that case was supposed to start June 25th, but has been moved back to November 5th. His attorneys have filed notice in both cases that Heckethorn will claim self-defense.

Heckethorn would get life in prison without parole if he’s convicted of first-degree murder. The attempted murder charges each carry a maximum sentence of 25 years. He also faces two other trials on felony charges, one for breaking into a pawn shop, and another for stealing a vehicle.


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