Man charged in death of western Iowa woman

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a western Iowa woman.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 24-year-old Chad Fortner was charged Tuesday in connection with the death of 47-year-old Carol Meston, of Glenwood.

Authorities found Meston unconscious in her home Oct. 12. She died the next day.

Fortney, who was staying with Meston, originally told authorities he was involved in an altercation at the home with a male acquaintance. He claimed Meston was knocked down during the altercation and hit her head on a piece of furniture.

An autopsy shows Meston suffered from a vertebral artery rupture. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Fortner is at the Mills County jail under a $50,000 bond. Records do not list an attorney.

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