Trial for Murdered Bondsman in Iowa Continued

Curtis Cortez Jones

On April 22, 2017 Jonathan Wieseler was working in the office of Lederman Bail Bonds when suspect, Curtis Jones, entered the building. According to police Jones was attempting to commit a robbery when he shot Mr. Wieseler in the head killing him. According to KSCJ radio station in Sioux City, Iowa Mr. Wieseler was engaged to be married and was supposed to attend his bachelor party the upcoming weekend after his murder. The killer was able to elude police after this crime was committed.

Two months later on June 28th Ricky Ray Lillie was found dead in the cab he was driving; Lillie had also been shot in the head. The police later arrested Jones and charged him with the murder of Lillie and put him in the Johnson County Jail. Police were able to compare DNA evidence collected by the forensic team, from the Wieseler murder and identified Jones as the killer.

On November 20, 2017, Johnson County prosecutor Janet Lyness stated in a press conference that Jones will be charged with 1st degree murder with “malice afterthought” of Wieseler. Bail was set in the amount of $1 million.

According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Jones was out on parole, released last fall seven years early following an armed robbery conviction. He was paroled even though he had been deemed a high risk to commit more violence, according to state records.

The defense for Jones filed a motion on June 26 for a continuance due to the “voluminous nature” of the information they received during the discovery phase. The trial had been set to start on July 16, 2018 in Des Moines at the Polk County Courthouse but the Judge granted the continuance. The new trial date has been set for September 28, 2018.

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