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Douds man charged with attempted murder

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Oct 09, 2017

Local authorities arrested Joseph Andrew Waugh, 28, of Douds Saturday in conjuction with a shooting earlier this year.

Waugh is being charged with attempted murder after an investigation determined that Michael Williams, who suffered a shotgun wound to his chest around 10:47 Aug 2, was shot by another individual. Williams was initially taken to the Jefferson County Health Center by private vehicle before the arrival of officers on the scene.

He was later transferred by air ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment of his injuries and for ongoing care. Williams continues to receive ongoing treatment and care for his injuries.

On Sept. 12, Waugh was charged with attempt to commit murder, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison; reckless use of a firearm, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison; willful injury resulting in serious injury, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and for possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Arrest warrants on those charges were issued for Waugh on Sept. 13. He was subsequently arrested Saturday in Fairfield.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Fairfield Police Department, The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Jefferson County Health Center. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

For more information, contact Jefferson County attorney Timothy Dille at 472-9201.


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