Ottumwa Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty


An Ottumwa man accused of first-degree murder pleaded not guilty, according to court records.

42-year-old Douglas Spurgeon also faces charges of assault while participating in a felony and going armed with intent. Spurgeon pleaded not guilty to the additional charges as well.

Ottumwa police say Spurgeon stabbed 55-year-old Gerald Sapp of Ottumwa who died from his injuries. The incident occurred on November 11th in an alley behind a residence on North Hancock.

Authorities say witnesses were able to identify Spurgeon and police apprehended the suspect at his home in the early morning hours of November 12th.

A trial has been scheduled for April 12th.

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