Ottumwa man faces second degree murder charge | New
OTTUMWA — A victim of an assault on Sunday in Ottumwa died on Wednesday, leading police to file second-degree murder charges.
The Ottumwa Police Department said it had added the charge of second degree murder to Leon Laroy Stewart, 39, of Ottumwa. He was initially charged on Sunday with intentional injury.
Police say at 1:43 p.m. Sunday at a Casey’s store at 1001 E. Main St., Grant Cochran, 49, of Ottumwa, was assaulted in the parking lot. When police arrived, they found Cochran unconscious and seriously injured, according to a department news release.
Witnesses told police another man assaulted Cochran and then fled.
The victim was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center and then transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The victim died on Wednesday, police said.
Police identified Stewart as a suspect and later located him at 2:27 p.m.
According to court documents, police said Stewart struck Cochran with a clenched fist, knocking the victim unconscious. When the victim fell to the ground, he hit his head on the concrete, according to the file.
Second-degree murder is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 50 years in prison if convicted.