Police: Iowa man killed woman he claimed died from overdose

Posted at 12:44 PM, Apr 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-03 13:44:26-04

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who initially called 911 to report that a woman had suffered a “heroin overdose” has been charged with first-degree murder after officers found a blood-spattered board at the scene.

The Gazette reports that 62-year-old Arthur Flowers, of Cedar Rapids, was booked into the Linn County Jail on Sunday morning in the death of Emily Elizabeth Leonard.

Officers found her dead in a bathroom with “obvious head injuries” after Flowers called 911 around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Investigators suspect she was struck with the bloodied board that also was found in the bathroom, according to a Linn County criminal complaint.

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