TWO ARRESTED: Marshalltown Murder Case

Two Marshalltown men are charged in connection with a murder.

Marshalltown police say “a concerned citizen” called to report a suspicious death Tuesday morning.  Their investigation led them to the home at 502 North 4th Avenue that evening.  After obtaining a search warrant, police entered the home and discovered a body in the basement.

“There was some obvious trauma to the body and it was obvious that a criminal act had occurred,” says Marshalltown Police Chief Michael Tupper.

Two people were taken into custody as material witnesses but have now been charged in the case.

Thirty-year-old Jeremy Gartin, who lived at the home where the body was found, is charged with first degree murder and carrying a concealed weapon.

“I just can’t believe it,” says the suspect’s father, Bob Gartin.

Gartin lives at the house with his son.  He says he went to work Tuesday morning and returned to find his home had become a crime scene.

“He’s a good father, good son, everybody liked him, lots of friends,” says Gartin.

1_mug_Nelson_Max_JrFifty-five-year-old Max Nelson Jr. is charged with accessory after the fact, first degree theft, and abuse of a corpse.

“There was evidence that the body was altered or mutilated after the fact and so we’re investigating exactly what happened,” says Tupper.

Police are still working to confirm the identity of the victim. The investigation into the incident continues.

Gartin and Nelson are being held in the Marshall County Jail.