SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A Sioux City man charged in the death of a Hinton, Iowa, woman has formally been charged with first-degree murder.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jordan Henry is also charged with first-degree arson in the death of 40-year-old Elizabeth Bockholt. The first-degree arson charge was initially filed as a separate case in the same incident.
His arraignment is set 9 a.m. on February 13, in Woodbury County District Court. According to court documents Henry is scheduled to appear in person for the arraignment.
According to a criminal complaint, on January 24 Henry strangled Bockholt to death in a hotel room at the Wingate Hotel on Southern Hills Drive, before setting the room on fire to cover up the incident.
The same report says Henry then removed the smoke alarm from the room before setting fire to the room.
He was identified on video by multiple witnesses as he fled from the room after the fire was set.
The complaint says Bockholt was Henry’s former girlfriend.
Henry is also charged with serious assault.
That assault stems from a January 19 incident at the Warming Shelter in Sioux City.
According to court records, it began with an argument. Henry is accused of rushing a man and punching him until he fell on the ground.
The complaint goes on to state Henry began to stomp on the victim’s head.
Court documents filed by the Woodbury County Attorney’s Office state Henry was released on his own recognizance from the Woodbury County Jail due to medical issues.
That means he promised to return for any future court dates and didn’t have to post bond.