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03-25-2016, 08:16 AM

Iowa man charged in 1985 shooting death of wife’s lover
10:22 p.m. CDT March 24, 2016

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An Iowa man who had long been suspected in the 1985 slaying of his wife’s lover was charged with first-degree murder Thursday after investigators took a fresh look at the case.

Anthony W. Burtch, 57, was arrested without incident Tuesday morning at his home and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lance Lee DeWoody, according to information provided Thursday in a joint news conference with the Johnson County Attorney’s Office, the Coralville Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

DeWoody, of North Liberty, was shot in the head and neck at a picnic shelter on the north side of the Oakdale campus on Aug. 12, 1985, or Aug. 13. Campus employees found DeWoody’s body shortly after sunrise Aug. 13, 1985, near the campus’ general hospital parking lot. His pickup was found parked about 70 yards away.

Over the course of the investigation into DeWoody’s death, officials determined that DeWoody had been dating Burtch’s now ex-wife, and the pair had spent the evening of Aug. 12, 1985 together. Shortly after Burtch's wife returned home to Burtch that night, officials said he went out for about 90 minutes. It's during this time that officials say he killed DeWoody.