Des Moines’ 10th Homicide Victim Identified

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Police have identified the shooting victim of Saturday's homicide as 45-year-old Des Moines resident John Belcher.

John Belcher (WHO-HD)

Initially, investigators were called out to the 1900 block of Francis Avenue around 3:45 p.m. Saturday but found no evidence of gunshots in the area. Thirty minutes later, another call came in from someone who claimed to have found a dead body inside a home in the 1900 block of Francis Avenue.

The investigation and search for a suspect continued well into the evening and early morning hours until police arrested 47-year-old Stanley Wofford in connection to the case and charged him with first-degree murder. Police believe Wofford tried to use a phone call to police to prove his innocence.

Stanley Wofford (WHO-HD)

"Sorting through misleading information they were given and pulling out the facts and learned the actual 911 caller was the gentleman responsible for the shooting. Detectives were able to determine he was the only one seen going into the house. There was an argument heard at that time and witnesses saw him leave that house only to return about 30 minutes later to report the crime," said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Police say neighborhood cooperation led to a successful investigation.  This is Des Moines’ tenth homicide of the year.


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