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More charges filed in Merrill homicide

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LE MARS, Iowa -- A Merrill, Iowa, man accused of fatally shooting another man with a shotgun faces additional charges.

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Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond on Thursday filed a trial information charging Thomas Knapp, 81, with willful injury causing bodily injury, domestic abuse assault while using or displaying a dangerous weapon, and two counts of first-offense domestic abuse assault. Willful injury is a Class D felony that carries a five-year prison sentence. The other charges are misdemeanors.

Knapp's arraignment and a bond review hearing were scheduled for June 1 in Plymouth County District Court.

Knapp was arrested on a charge of domestic assault while using of displaying a dangerous weapon in connection with a May 11 domestic disturbance in which Kevin Juzek, 51, of Merrill, was shot in a home in the 20000 block of Echo Road in rural Merrill.

According to court documents, authorities received a 911 call from a woman stating that Knapp, her husband, was assaulting her and her son with a stick and also pointed the shotgun at her. All three people lived at the home, authorities have said.

Knapp's charges all pertain to actions toward his wife. The trial information says that Knapp struck his wife with the stick in the head and also broke bones in her hand.

At some point during the disturbance, Knapp is suspected of shooting Juzek in the abdomen and chest.

An autopsy ruled Juzek's death a homicide.

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Authorities said all three individuals involved in the incident lived at the residence. The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic abuse assault. He is being held at the Plymouth County Jail.

The continuance is the latest delay in a case that's been halted twice while the suspect, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenic effectiveness disorder with bipolar symptoms, underwent treatment to restore his mental competency to stand trial.

The victim told investigators that he was in a car with a person he knew last week when that person produced a gun and demanded money from the victim. During the incident, the victim was shot.

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