Feds in Gary arrest 3rd person in crazy murder case

2013-03-15T07:35:00Z 2013-03-16T12:33:03Z Feds in Gary arrest 3rd person in crazy murder caseThomas Geyer Quad-City Times nwitimes.com
March 15, 2013 7:35 am  • 

DAVENPORT, IOWA | Federal marshals in Gary have arrested a third person wanted in connection with the Dec. 6 shooting death of 41-year-old Robby Ray Kohn, of Davenport.

Darius D. Johnson, 21, of Chicago, was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon, said Davenport Assistant Police Chief Don Schaeffer.

Johnson and two others, Barry Hamilton, 20, originally of Chicago, and Jessica Loerzel, 20, of Davenport, are each charged with one count of first-degree murder and willful injury causing serious injury.

First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison under Iowa law.

Kohn’s body was discovered at 1:31 a.m. Dec. 8 in a farm field just east of Utah Avenue and south of Telegraph Road when a man eluding police accidentally ran over the body.

According to court records, at 6:24 p.m. Dec. 4, Hamilton paid $200 bond to get Kohn out of the Scott County Jail, where he had been for more than a month awaiting trial on a charge of public intoxication third or subsequent offense.

According to the arrest affidavits of Hamilton and Loerzel, about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6, the three drove Kohn out to the field, got him out of the vehicle and shot him once in the head.

Kohn’s body was discovered accidentally when at 1:31 a.m. Dec. 8 a man ran over the body while attempting to elude a squad car.

In the meantime, Johnson, Hamilton and Loerzel fled to Chicago.

Davenport police investigators found Hamilton and Loerzel quickly. They are each being held in the Scott County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Schaeffer said that extradition proceedings for Johnson have been initiated and that he should be in the Scott County Jail next week.

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