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Northeast Iowa Man Accused of Murder Seeks Bond Reduction

A northeast Iowa man accused of killing his father has filed a motion for a reduction in his bail.

43-year-old Aaron Whittle of Decorah is charged him with first-degree murder in the death of 74-year-old Lawrence Whittle. The younger Whittle is accused of shooting his father to death on March 17 in Aaron Whittle’s home, prior to Lawrence Whittle being reported missing on March 19th. Lawrence Whittle’s body was recovered after his car was found in eastern rural Winneshiek County.

Aaron Whittle pleaded not guilty in April and after a continuance motion earlier this month, he’s now scheduled for trial on February 20, 2023.

Since his arrest, Whittle has been held in the Winneshiek County Jail in Decorah on a $1 million cash-only bond. Thursday, his attorney filed for a reduction in the bond amount, stating “The bond is excessive in violation of the defendants rights guaranteed to him by the Iowa and United States Constitutions. Alternative conditions exist to guarantee the defendant’s presence and to protect the community.”

Friday, Winneshiek County Attorney Andrew Van Der Maaten filed a resistance motion stating the defendant has no job or residence, making him a potential flight risk.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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