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      Man charged with fatally stabbing wife

      A suspect is now charged in connection with a fatal stabbing in Ottumwa Sunday evening.

      Late Monday afternoon, the Ottumwa Police Department announced that Christopher DeWayne Johnson, 31, of Ottumwa, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of his wife, Anessa Kay Johnson, 40.

      Police responded to the couple's home at 414 South Schuyler Street shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday.

      Officers found the body of Anessa Kay Johnson. She had been stabbed to death and was pronounced dead at the scene.

      Her husband was seen fleeing the area in a car that he later wrecked in West Burlington.

      KTVO spoke with Burlington Police Chief Dan Luttenegger. He said that his department received an "attempt to locate" call around 7:39 p.m.

      At 8:01 p.m., a Iowa State Patrol trooper reported that he was following the suspect on Eastbound Highway 34.

      At 8:13 p.m., Johnson crashed his car in West Burlington.

      Lieutenant Tom McAndrew of the Ottumwa Police Department spoke with KTVO about the suspect in the case.

      "During the investigation, we attempted to contact Anessa Johnson's husband, Christopher Johnson. He was involved in a traffic accident in Burlington and hospitalized. He is currently being held in the hospital in Iowa City and charges are pending," Lt. McAndrew said.

      Despite the extensive damage to his car, Johnson apparently sustained only minor injuries.

      Christopher Johnson was released from an Iowa City hospital Monday and taken into custody by the Ottumwa Police Department. His bond is set at $200,000.

      "We applied for, and were issued, a search warrant for the Johnson residence on South Schuyler. The Division of Criminal Investigation was called in to process the crime scene at the residence," Lt. McAndrew said.

      Johnson TMs first court appearance in this case was June 29th. He pleaded "not guilty" to the crime. The next hearing is scheduled for July 6th in Magistrate Court.

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