Public Safety

July trial still on for man accused in Iowa City bail bondsman slaying

Curtis Jones also accused in shooting of I.C. cabdriver

Curtis Jones appears at a September hearing at the Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City. Jones, 41, faces trial April 9 in the slaying of Iowa City cabdriver Ricky Lillie and on July 6 in the slaying of Jonathan Wieseler. Both men were shot and killed in Iowa City last year. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Curtis Jones appears at a September hearing at the Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City. Jones, 41, faces trial April 9 in the slaying of Iowa City cabdriver Ricky Lillie and on July 6 in the slaying of Jonathan Wieseler. Both men were shot and killed in Iowa City last year. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — The trial for a man accused of killing an Iowa City bail bondsman last year remains on track for July 16 in Polk County.

Curtis C. Jones, 41, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jonathan Wieseler on April 22, 2017. The trial was moved to Polk County because of pretrial publicity.

Jones was charged in November in Wieseler’s death. Authorities said Jones shot the bail bondsman sometime between 10:20 and 10:32 p.m. April 22 at Lederman Bail Bonds, where Wieseler worked in Iowa City.

Police said the shooting happened during a robbery.

During a case management conference Friday, 6th Judicial District Judge Lars Anderson discussed the possibility that jury selection could start in Polk County on July 13.

Anderson said Polk court officials prefer to have the jury panel watch the juror informational video and fill out questionnaires the Friday before the actual questioning of jurors start.

The prosecution and defense didn’t have any issues with that process. The trial is expected to last two weeks.  

Jones also is charged in the fatal shooting of Iowa City cabdriver Ricky Lillie. Authorities believe Jones shot Lillie on June 27 after riding in his cab to the 500 block of Ernest Street in Iowa City.

Jones’ trial in that case is set for April 9, in Scott County District Court.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Jones faces life in prison without parole.

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