Shooting Suspect Now Charged With Attempted Murder


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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