UPDATE: Jackson County Suspect Charged with First Degree Murder
October 13, 2022
MAQUOKETA, Iowa - Christopher Eugene Prichard, age 56, of Bellevue, Iowa, has been charged with First Degree Murder for the October 8, 2022, shooting death of Angela Prichard. On October 8, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at the Mississippi Ridge Kennels located at 31821 Highway 52 in Bellevue, Iowa. Upon arrival, law enforcement found Angela Prichard, age 55, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Prichard was later arrested during the early morning hours of October 9, 2022 on warrants for Violation of Protective Order.
Christopher Prichard remains in the Jackson County Sheriff’s jail and is scheduled for an initial appearance on the afternoon of October 13, 2022. If convicted, First Degree Murder carries a lifetime imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
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