June 21, 2020

BEDFORD, Iowa - On Saturday, June 20th, 2020 at approximately 10:55 pm, the Taylor County Communications Center received a 911 call from 108 Pearl Street in Bedford, Iowa, reporting a death. Deputies with the Taylor County Sheriff's Department responded to investigate the 911 call, and upon arrival observed Penny Sue Godfirnon, 62, of Bedford, had been assaulted with a knife. Godfirnon was later pronounced deceased.

Authorities identified a male suspect as Christian Andrew May, 32, of Bedford. May was transported to the Taylor County Jail and arrested on the following charges:

  • First-Degree Murder – Class A Felony
  • Willful Injury – Class C Felony

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319