Busy summer for suspect in two separate shootings


    It's shaping up to be a busy summer for an Ottumwa man charged with murder.

    Jacob Heckethorn, 19, has been charged in two separate shootings.

    Both cases are currently set for jury trials this summer.

    Heckethorn is facing a First-Degree Murder charge and an Attempted Murder charge for the August 2018 shootings that left William Shettlesworth dead and Clifford Collett, Sr. wounded.

    The trial for the death of Shettlesworth is currently set for June 25. Heckethorn faces a mandatory life sentence in that case.

    Then in late August, Heckethorn will stand trial for the shooting that wounded Collett.

    Heckethorn has notified the court that he intends to argue self-defense in both cases.

    If that wasn't enough to keep Heckethorn busy, he has two other felony cases pending.

    He has been charged with a February 2018 break in at an Ottumwa pawn shop.

    Heckethorn has also been charged with stealing a pickup truck in Eldon, Iowa, in April.

    Both of those cases are still working their way through the court system.

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