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Akron, IA woman who claimed she shot husband charged with lying to authorities

AKRON, Iowa (KTIV) – An Akron, Iowa, woman originally charged with murder in the shooting death of her husband in 2017, is now being accused of making a false report to authorities the day of the incident.

Thirty-five-year-old Becky Hebert has pleaded not guilty to False Report to Public Entities in Plymouth County District Court. On Oct. 6, 2017, Hebert was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband 40-year-old Jeremy Hebert. That charge was later dropped. According to court documents, at the time Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond wanted more time to investigate medical and lab reports and cellphone records.

According to an affidavit, during the initial investigation on Oct. 6, 2017, authorities interviewed Becky, who claimed she had shot her husband. Authorities claim this resulted in them focusing their investigation into her, which she was ultimately charged.

But according to the court document, hours later they learned of a recorded call to the Sioux Count Communications Center, which confirmed to authorities that Beck was not the shooter.

“Becky can be heard on recording instructing an individual ‘I did it, I did it, I did it’,” read the affidavit. “This false reporting of the facts to deputies in the early portion of the investigation lead us away from the actual suspect for approximately 6 to 8 hours.” So far Becky Hebert is the only person arrested in the case.

Around 12:15 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2017, the Plymouth County Communications Center received a call of a shooting at 13203 Evergreen Avenue. When deputies arrived they found Jermy Hebert suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. He was pronounced dead a short time later. The Iowa State Medical Examiners office said he died of a shotgun wound to the chest and abdomen, with his death ruled a homicide.

Blake Branch

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