UPDATE: Suspect to be arraigned in Marion homicide

Officers discovered a body at Hillview Drive home

Marion police respond to a suspicious death near the intersection of 6th Street and Hillview Drive  Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Marion police respond to a suspicious death near the intersection of 6th Street and Hillview Drive Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

UPDATE: According to the Linn County Jail’s arraignment list, Gregory Davis is to be arraigned this morning on one count of first-degree murder. The arresting agency is listed as the Marion Police Department. There are no other details available at this time.


MARION —Update as of 4:20 p.m.: The Marion Police Department is considering the death investigation of a body found at 560 Hillview Dr. a homicide, according to a news release sent Monday afternoon.

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A suspect, taken into custody earlier Monday, remains in custody. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Medical Examiner and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are assisting Marion police with the ongoing investigation, said Tom Daubs, a spokesperson for Marion Police Department.

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Police in Marion said Monday they discovered a body at a home at 560 Hillview Dr. and are treating the case as a suspicious death.

On Monday morning, Marion police received a call from an individual requesting a welfare check on a relative, said Tom Daubs, a spokesperson for the Marion Police Department. Police discovered the body around 9:15 a.m., Daubs said during a news conference held Monday afternoon.

The home is located at the intersection of Hillview Drive and South Sixth Street near Hanna Park. Daubs said the house is a rental property but isn’t certain whether anyone is currently living there.

Police were cordoning off the area early Monday afternoon, and Daubs said a “person of interest” in the case is being questioned by police.

He said there is no threat to the public.


Ray Fritz, who owns a house two doors down on South Sixth Street, said he was home earlier in the morning when he heard police breaking through the back door of the Hillview Drive residence. Fritz said he saw police were standing on a trailer in a car port at the residence taking a lot of pictures and “digging around.”

“The right front corner of the trailer is where they were digging,” Fritz said. “More pictures were taken in that trailer than anywhere else.”

Fritz said he believes the individuals at the rental property moved out two to three weeks ago.

Tanya Gann, who also lives on South Sixth Street said she noticed the trailer at the house at least a week ago. Though Gann said she believes her neighborhood to be quiet and safe, Fritz said he didn’t feel the same.

“We were already wanting to move,” he said. “Guess what? We’re really looking to move out now.”

Daubs said an investigation is ongoing.

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