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Suspect arrested in relation to death of Fairfield man

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 26, 2017
Joseph Mayorga

WEAVER – After a seven-month long investigation involving multiple state and local law enforcement agencies, authorities arrested a Lee County man Friday in the death of a Fairfield man that occurred in February.

Charges were filed against Joseph Mayorga Jr., 35, by detective Chad Donaldson for the murder of Jimmy Nelson, 47, of Fairfield.

On Feb. 11, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies found Nelson deceased at a Lee County roadside park near Weaver.

An autopsy performed on Nelson revealed that he had been killed from a single gunshot to the head.

According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office news release, detectives from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office of Criminal Investigations Division and Special Agents of the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, launched an investigation at the scene, which took investigators into several jurisdictions.

Mayorga became a suspect early on. Donaldson filed charges on Mayorga for first-degree murder.

Mayorga was in custody shortly after the shooting on unrelated charges.

If convicted of Nelson’s murder, Mayorga could face mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Agencies that assisted in the investigation included the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation, Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Burlington Police Department, Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enfocement, Fairfield Police Department, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Intel Bureau, University of Iowa Decedent Care Center, and the Lee, Des Moines, Henry and Jefferson county attorneys’ offices.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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