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Marion man charged with killing woman pleads guilty to federal drug, gun charges

Unsealed search warrants shed light on AnnaElise Edgeton's homicide

Marion man, charged with killing a woman at the Shamrock Apartments in January, pleaded guilty last week in federal court for drug and gun charges stemming from another shooting in 2017.

Kyler J. Junkins, 19, also known as Kyler Garcia, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of possession of a firearm by a drug user and distribution of cocaine. He faces up to 10 years for the possession charge and up to 20 years on the cocaine charge.

Junkins could face more prison time if the court rules he has three previous convictions for a violent felony or a serious drug offense, according to the plea agreement.

Federal court documents show a 17-year-old man, “G.G.,” was with Junkins at his residence in Marion March 28 of last year when he unintentionally fired a .22 caliber rifle, hitting G.G. in abdomen. Junkins admitted to “accidentally” shooting G.G. and he led investigators to the rifle that was hidden under his neighbor’s shed.

Junkins admitted that he traded marijuana for the rifle, according to the plea agreement. He also admitted to distributing cocaine on Jan. 15 of this year.

Junkins met a buyer, who was a confidential informant, in a Cedar Rapids Target parking lot that day. The police informant gave Junkins $520 and Junkins gave him a loaded .22 caliber revolver, 500 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and about 3 grams of powder cocaine. At this time, Junkins was a regularly using marijuana, the plea shows.

The next day, Junkins went to the Marion Police Department for questioning and was arrested on a federal warrant. He told investigators he had three firearms at his Apache Drive residence — a .22 caliber rifle with the stock sawed off and obliterated serial number, .22 caliber revolver and another rifle — which were seized by police during search.

A specially trained Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agent examined the .22 rifle used in the unintentional shooting and determined the it had been modified to create an improvised silencer, which wasn’t legally registered to Junkins.

A search warrant from February was unsealed by a judge last month in Linn County District Court and it provides more details about the fatal shooting of AnnaElise Edgeton, 18, on Jan. 13 in her home at the Shamrock Apartments, 316 Jacolyn Drive, in which Junkins is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.  

The apartment appeared to broken into and Edgeton was found dead on the living room floor with a gunshot wound to the upper chest, according to court documents. 

Edgeton’s parents told police their daughter’s husband, John Maskewit-Edgeton Jr, who also lived in the apartment, was a drug dealer and they felt his drug activities contributed to their daughter’s death, the search documents shows.

Maskewit-Edgeton admitted to investigators about dealing drugs and he also used marijuana and Xanax. Investigators asked him who broke in and killed his wife. He said about six months ago a man broke into their apartment and beat him up. The man had what thought was a pistol and hit him several times in the head. The man also took a “few hundred dollars” from Maskewit-Edgeton’s wallet.

Maskewit-Edgeton also said another man punched his wife three or four months ago, according to court documents. Neither of these men were Junkins.

On Jan. 13, Emily Edgeton, Maskewit-Edgeton’s sister, and her boyfriend, Conner Nye told investigators many people knew Maskewit-Edgeton’s drug distributing because he posts it on social media, the documents show. It’s also known that he kept money and drugs at the Jacolyn Drive home.

Investigators, in the court documents, interviewed another man who said Junkins made comments about robbing Maskewit-Edgeton and during the robbery he shot a woman in the face.

Investigators also found photos of Junkins under the name “Gucci Garcia” on Facebook that show him with two handguns and several photos of him on Instagram under the name “Kyler Garcia,” holding a handgun.

Allen W. Miller, 18, of Marion, and two unnamed juveniles — a 16-year-old female and 17-year-old male — also have been charged in the fatal shooting. Each were charged with conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and accessory after the fact. 

Junkins trial was reset to Feb. 4, 2019 in Linn County District Court.  

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