Iowa court upholds conviction of Kenosha man in slaying

An appeals court in Iowa on Wednesday upheld the 1st-degree murder conviction of a Kenosha man.

Douglas DeBruin was convicted in the 2001 slaying of antiques dealer Greg May. His head was found in a bucket of cement at a Missouri truck stop.

DeBruin claimed there was insufficient evidence and that the district court erred in not holding trial within 90 days of the charges being filed. He also made claims of ineffective counsel and that he was denied access to the courts.

The court ruled the trial delay was because DeBruin refused to waive extradition to face charges in Iowa after his arrest in Arizona. The court also ruled that DeBruin's statements to investigators about his involvement in the dismembering and disposal of May's body are corroborated by statements given by his girlfriend.

Julie Miller was convicted of transporting May's stolen Civil War collection across the country and perjury.


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