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April trial date set in Monona County murder case

(KTIV) – An April trial date has been set for a Monona County man charged with killing his grandmother.

Twenty-one-year-old Eliot Stowe has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to first-degree murder in the death of 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe. His trial is set to begin at 9:30 a.m on April 14, 2020, in Monona County District Court.

His trial was originally scheduled to begin a little over a week ago on September 10, but his medical evaluation of had yet to be filed.

On June 26, 2018, the Monona County Sheriff’s Office was asked to check on the welfare of Cheryl Stowe after she didn’t show up to work.

When a deputy arrived at her home, Eliot Stowe answered the door, claiming she had left for the airport several days ago.

A search of the property revealed bloodstains on the floor and wall of the home and a partially burned bat.

Her body was found a day later just a mile and a half away from her home.

Iowa State Medical Examiners concluded her death was a result of “complex homicidal violence.”

Blake Branch

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