August 22, 2014

Slaying in Ottumwa movie house now called a homicide

The death of an Ottumwa man is now being treated as a homicide.

Last Tuesday, Ottumwa police and fire personnel responded to the Cinema X Theater in downtown for a person needing medical assistance.

Upon their arrival, emergency personnel found 70-year-old Kenneth Laverne McDaniel of Ottumwa dead inside the front door of the business.

Monday, the Ottumwa Police Department announced they are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Police Chief Jim Clark says, “We are continuing the investigation, but believe the death to be the result of a homicide. Once we receive the autopsy results with an official cause of death, I anticipate charges will be filed.”

Chief Clark says: “I want to reassure the public there is no killer on the loose as we believe the suspect is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail on other charges.”

By Mike Buchanan, KBIZ, Ottumwa