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UPDATE: Parolee arrested in fatal Iowa bank shooting

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LU VERNE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say they've arrested a prison parolee in the fatal shooting of a woman during a bank robbery.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said in a news release Thursday that 35-year-old Valentino Williams, of Coralville, has been charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the Wednesday killing of 43-year-old Jessica Weisharr, of Algona.

State records show that Williams was paroled in February for robbery and burglary convictions in 2010, and he was set to remain under state supervision until 2023.

The shooting Wednesday happened at Security State Bank, the only bank in Lu Verne, a town of about 250 people.


LU VERNE, Iowa (KTIV) - A woman was fatally shot this morning during a bank robbery in a north-central Iowa town, and a suspect is in custody.

A spokesman for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the suspect was detained hours after the robbery and shooting at the Security State Bank, the only bank in Lu Verne, Iowa.

The DCI spokesman said a female bank employee was "just walking into the bank" when she was shot this morning.

The victim is identified as 43-year-old Jessica Weishaar, of Algona.

She was found dead on the sidewalk in front of the bank.

Associated Press

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