Suspected Ottumwa shooter pleads not guilty in second case


An Ottumwa man facing charges in two separate shootings and entered has once again pleaded not guilty.

According to online court records, Jacob Heckethorn pleaded not guilty to Attempted Murder on Monday.

That charge came on September 5 after police tied him to an Aug. 16 shooting on West Second Street in Ottumwa.

At the time of his arrest on that charge, Heckethorn was already in jail facing a murder charge.

The 18-year-old was accused of shooting 43-year-old William Shettlesworth, of Bloomfield.

The late-night shooting was reported on North Ward Street Aug. 23.

Police arrested Heckethorn the next day.

Monday Sept. 17 looks to be a big day for Heckethorn.

He is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing on the newest charge.

Heckethorn is also scheduled to be arraigned on Monday on First-Degree Murder for the death of Shettlesworth.

Despite the concurrent court hearings, Wapello County Attorney Gary Oldenburger told KTVO that the cases won't be combined and that Heckethorn will face separate trials.

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