An eastern Iowa man is now held on a one-million dollar bond, charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend in Clinton a few days before Christmas. On Tuesday, the murder charges were filed in Clinton County District Court against 32-year-old Jason Dwayne Tate in the death of 24-year-old Kelsey Sue Stahl.

Police were called to her apartment December 21st on a welfare check and found her body in the apartment. Tate was arrested several days later in Chicago on a charge of a felon in possession of a gun and has been held in the Clinton County jail since that time. In the murder charge affidavit, it is stated that Tate indicated to an acquaintance that he had been in Stahl’s apartment on December 19th and told conflicting versions of how Stahl was shot.

When he was arrested in Chicago on the Iowa warrant of possessing a gun as a felon, according to court documents, he made statements indicating he had shot Stahl and that he didn’t mean to do it and tried to dump her in the garbage but she was too heavy.

By Dave Vickers, KROS, Clinton