Shooting Suspect Now Charged With Attempted Murder

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The Albia man accused of shooting at another man inside an Ottumwa apartment has now been charged with attempted murder.

Ottumwa police say that, on July 28th, Shain Major fired a shot at Chad Houk, in an apartment on 831 West Main Street. The 35-year-old Houk was not injured. Major fled the scene before police arrived, but he was arrested two days later.

Authorities originally charged the 21-year-old Major with one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. On Friday, however, the Ottumwa Police Department added charge of attempted murder, which carries a max sentence of 25 years. On Monday, Magistrate Lloyd Keith raised Major’s bond from $10,000 to $25,000.

Major, who is being held in the Wapello County jail, has pleaded not guilty to the intimidation charge. A preliminary hearing on the attempted murder charge has been set for August 12.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

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