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05-08-2011, 07:08 PM
Black male arrested for stabbing White woman to death (http://www.ktiv.com/story/14545899/arrest-made-in-cedar-rapids-murder)

Johnathan D. Mitchell

Cathy Stickley

Johnathan D. Mitchell, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder accused of killing cab driver Cathy Stickley, 54, during a robbery attempt.

"Stickley . . . was found dead lying face down near the driver’s side door of her vehicle Friday night in the 1500 block alley between Second and Third avenues SE, according to the criminal complaint. She died of multiple stab wounds to the head and neck, authorities said.

"Stickley’s purse, a bank bag and other personal effects were found a short distance from the vehicle, according to the complaint. A witness identified the defendant making contact with Stickley where she was found murdered and officers identified Mitchell’s bloody left palm print on the driver’s side door."

(http://thegazette.com/obituaries/stickley-catherine-ann-boyle/)"Image of obviously younger victim from obituary"
Link to original obituary expired - ed.

04-28-2016, 08:28 AM

After acquittal in death of cab driver, Johnathan Mitchell indicted in cab robbery
Mitchell was acquitted in death of cab driver in 2013

Apr 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm | Print View

The man acquitted in the 2011 homicide of a local cab driver has now been charged in federal court for robbing her at the time of her death.

Johnathan Dewayne Mitchell, 38, of Cedar Rapids, was indicted Tuesday of one count of robbery affecting commerce in U.S. District Court. The indictment states Mitchell obstructed commerce — the cab company service — by “violently” robbing Catherine “Cathy” Stickley, 54, who was driving a Century Cab on April 29, 2011.

His initial appearance in federal court hasn’t been set. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Mitchell was acquitted in 2013 by a Story County jury for first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the homicide of Stickley, 54, of Cedar Rapids, who was stabbed to death that night in 2011. The trial was moved from Linn County due to pretrial publicity.

According to testimony, Stickley was stabbed 18 times in the neck and head. Mitchell’s prints were found in Stickley’s blood in the cab. The prosecution claimed Mitchell needed money for crack cocaine and he killed Stickley to get it.

Mitchell was out on bond pending a 2010 assault when Stickley was killed. Mitchell admitted during the trial that he stole money from Stickley to buy crack cocaine but he said she was already dead, lying outside the cab on the ground in the 1500 block alley between Second and Third avenues SE.

Mitchell was the only suspect in the homicide and the case hasn’t been reopened.


The last family photo taken of Cathy Stickley, a cab driver who was killed in April 2011, with her children. From right, David, Dawn Stickley, Cathy Stickley, Tiffany and Chris Petersen, on Mother's Day 2010. (Photo provided by Chris Petersen)