Man convicted of murder in theater killing in Ottumwa
OTTUMWA (AP) — A jury has convicted a 26-year-old man of murder and robbery in the death of the manager of an adult theater in Ottumwa.
The Ottumwa Courier reports the jury deliberated an hour Tuesday before finding Bruce Pollard guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the March 2012 killing of Cinema X manager Kenneth McDaniel.
Pollard didn’t react when the verdict was read. His girlfriend cried and the victim’s family sobbed and hugged each other.
Pollard acknowledged killing the 70-year-old Kenneth McDaniel, hitting him in the head with a pry bar and choking him. He then stole cash and pornographic material.
First -degree murder requires a sentence of life imprisonment in Iowa.