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Bail soars to $1M for man accused in Iowa shooting


A judge has dramatically increased bail for a man accused of gunning down a Burlington bicyclist earlier this month.


The Burlington Hawk Eye reports that bail for 38-year-old Joshua Royer, of Burlington, was increased to $1 million on Friday. He had been held on $200,000 bail.


The increase came after a prosecutor filed formal court papers in Des Moines County District Court charging Royer with first-degree murder. Police say Royer shot 50-year-old Eddie Martin Cooper multiple times on the afternoon of Aug. 6 as Cooper was riding his bike.


Investigators have said it doesn't appear Martin and Royer knew each other. Authorities have declined to discuss a motive for the killing.

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