Jury considers murder charge in man’s 2nd trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury is now considering a first-degree murder charge against an Ankeny man whose previous murder conviction was overturned by the Iowa Court of Appeals.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1fzwkkv ) the case against 66-year-old Vernon Huser was given to the Polk County jury Monday afternoon following several hours of closing arguments.

Huser was convicted of first-degree murder in 2010 in the death of his ex-wife’s lover, Lance Morningstar. Huser was accused of helping Louis Woolheater plan to kill Morningstar, whose body was found in 2005.

The Iowa Court of Appeals granted Huser a new trial in 2011 due to hearsay evidence admitted at the first trial.

Woolheater was convicted of first-degree murder in 2010 and is serving a life sentence.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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