Bond set for 16-year-old charged in Cedar Rapids murder

Denum Anthony Null, 16, is facing a first-degree murder charge and, now, a $1 million cash bond.

In his initial appearance on Saturday morning at the Linn County Courthouse, Null listened and nodded as Judge Casey Jones agreed with the prosecution’s call for a $1 million cash bond.

Jones set Null’s next court appearance for Tuesday, February 9th at 8:30 a.m.

In the criminal complaint, investigators state that, during a felony robbery on January 12th, Null shot Kevin Bell, 26, in the head, resulting in his death.  The robbery occurred at 113 1st Avenue SW, Apt. K, in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids police say, at about 10:15 on Friday morning, they captured Null in a residence at 1510 4th Avenue SE.

Police said earlier that, on the night of the robbery, three men broke into the apartment on 1st Avenue where Bell was staying and asked for a PlayStation video gaming system and that one of the three men shot Bell.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety website had a “Denem Null” listed as a missing person.  The criminal complaint lists Null as using both “Denem” and “Denum”.A county attorney on the case said Null will be tried as an adult.  If convicted on the first-degree murder charge, Null would face a life sentence in prison.

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