Cedar Rapids man faces first-degree murder charge

Woman's body found in northeast Cedar Rapids home after reported disturbance with weapon

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CEDAR RAPIDS —  Police say a 44-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge after a 68-year-old woman was found dead Friday night.

According to Sgt. Nathan Juilfs with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, authorities responding to a “disturbance with a weapon” at 11 p.m. Friday at 624 Old Marion Rd. NE said they found a body of a female, later identified as Anita Labkon, dead inside the residence.

“I saw about six cop cars and a bunch of people outside doing an investigation and questioning people,” said next-door neighbor Scott Dryer.

Police said Edward Cusic, 44, was arrested and faces a first-degree murder charge. Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman reportedly told television station KWWL that Cusic is Labkon’s son. Police said they would not release any further details until Monday.

Neighbors said Saturday that Labkon rented the Cedar Rapids home where she and her son lived.

“She was really quiet. I barely talked to her ... a nice lady,” Dryer said. ““It is sad and it’s right next door so it’s kind of a shock, too.”

The homicide was Cedar Rapids’ third this year. Raphael C. Blackwell Jr., 22, was shot once in the abdomen April 16 in the parking lot of Woody’s Show Club, 9395 Sixth St. SW, and was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center. Dominique A. Fisher, 22, has been charged first-degree murder in his death.

On Sept. 22, Latasha Roundtree, 19, was shot in the head in the 600 block of 16th Avenue SW. She died hours later at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Cedar Rapids police have not announced any arrests in that case.

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