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Two men arrested in Kentucky, charged in connection with fatal Coralville Christmas night shooting

Police search a car on Dec. 26, 2019, in the 900 block of Boston Way in Coralville following a Dec. 25 shooting that kil
Police search a car on Dec. 26, 2019, in the 900 block of Boston Way in Coralville following a Dec. 25 shooting that killed an Iowa City man and injured three others. Two Chicago men have been arrested in Kentucky in connection with the slaying and await extradition to Iowa. (Lee Hermiston/The Gazette)
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CORALVILLE — Two Chicago men have been arrested in Kentucky in connection with a fatal Christmas night shooting in Coralville.

Milton L. McAbee, 19, faces one count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Gregory Jackson, 30, of Iowa City, according to a Coralville police news release.

Elijah McAbee, 18, faces one count of first-degree murder — aiding and abetting.

It is not clear how or if the two men are related.

Coralville police were called to the 900 block of Boston Way around 9:32 p.m. Dec. 25 for a report of gunfire.

They found three people with gunshot wounds; Jackson later died.

A fourth person later showed up at a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Police said in the news release the “events leading up to the shooting were known very early on in the investigation,” but the investigation was hindered by uncooperative witnesses and victims.

In January, Coralville Police Chief Shane Kron expressed frustration with the difficulties investigators were having getting witnesses to talk.

“For some people, they don’t trust the police,” he said. “Some people don’t cooperate, ever. ... It’s pretty unusual to run into this many known witnesses who know nothing. There are days where I feel like we’re the only ones who care about the death of Gregory Jackson.”

Kron previously told The Gazette that 12 people were assigned to the case — his entire seven-member detective bureau, plus five agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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Friday’s news release said that group continued to investigate the shootings and “three Crime Stopper tips proved significant in moving the case forward,” allowing police to obtain warrants last week for the arrests.

Milton McAbee was arrested Friday by Radcliff, Ky, police, and Elijah McAbee was arrested by police in Elizabethtown, Ky, Both men are awaiting extradition to Iowa.

Police said additional charges and defendants are possible.

First-degree murder and first-degree murder aiding and abetting are Class A felonies punishable by an automatic sentence of life in prison.

Comments: (319) 339-3155; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

Stephen Schmidt of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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