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Woman accused of cold case murder appeals bond

Woman accused of cold case murder appeals bond

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EARLY, Iowa - An Omaha woman arrested on suspicion of killing a Northwest Iowa man almost 10 years ago will appeal her bond, documents state.

An attorney for Tracey Richter-Roberts filed a motion Tuesday seeking a bond review for the former Early resident who has been held without bond since her arrest July 26 on a charge of first-degree murder.

Authorities say the charge stems from the death of Dustin Wehde, 20, whom Richter-Roberts claimed she shot in self defense after he and another man broke into her house in Early on Dec. 13, 2001.

In court documents filed after her arrest, police accused Richter-Roberts of plotting Wehde's death and planting evidence in his vehicle to make him appear to be a robber.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, but Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said Wednesday prosecutors plan to pursue an indictment instead.

In addition to appealing her bond, Richter-Roberts is attempting to appeal an unrelated perjury conviction she received last year in Clay County, Iowa.

According to court documents, Richter-Roberts was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of probation after a jury found her guilty of felony perjury. She was accused of making false statements to an official with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Dave Stutz, an executive officer for the Iowa DOT, said Richter-Roberts presented a court-ordered divorce decree with an altered name to staff at the driver's licensing station in Spencer, Iowa. She submitted the document with the false name in an effort to obtain a driver's license or non-driving identification, Stutz said.

According to court documents, Richter-Roberts' attorney filed a notice of appeal of the 2010 conviction with the Iowa Supreme Court.

In 2006, she unsuccessfully appealed a Sac County District Court decision involving insurance companies that declined to defend her from lawsuits resulting from Wehde's death.

Richter-Roberts claimed her efforts to defend herself and her family should have been covered under her homeowner and liability policies, but the companies argued her actions were intentional and her policies didn't cover the actions.

The Iowa Court of Appeals also weighed in earlier this summer on Richter-Roberts' divorce, which her ex-husband appealed from Buena Vista County District Court.

 

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