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Murder Charges In Davenport Woman's Death - Update

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Update 2-5-14:  The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions of Eric Scott Olsen for vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatality accident. Olsen was convicted by a Scott County jury on July 16, 2012 for running over his girlfriend Wanda Jo Weldy. According to the Scott County Attorney, the appellate court rejected Olsen's claim that there was insufficient evidence to support the convictions and his claim that the district court made incorrect evidentiary rulings.

Update 8-23-12: Eric Olsen has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the charge of Homicide by Motor Vehicle and 5 years in prison for Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident. Olsen will be given credit for time served and the sentences will be served concurrently.

Original 3-10-11:

It's been nearly three months since a woman's body was found in a Davenport street. Now, murder charges have been filed against a man in connection with the woman's death.

The Scott County Attorney says 36-year-old Eric Olsen has been charged with 2nd degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, reckless vehicular homicide and leaving scene of a fatal accident.

In the early morning hours of January 17th, the body of 38-year-old Wanda Jo Weldy was found lying in the road in the 2700 block of Fairmount Street. She was unresponsive and badly injured. A neighbor said he woke-up to the sound of an engine revving and when he looked outside, he saw a truck trying to back out of his yard. Weldy was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police said she died from blunt force trauma.

A few days later, police arrested Olsen for violating an order of domestic protection. Weldy requested the court order after a fight broke out at Olsen's home the week before. On January 13th, a neighbor reported seeing Olsen pushing Weldy to the ground and pulling her hair. Police arrived and heard Weldy yelling for help. Olsen was charged with domestic assault and taken into custody. The next day, Weldy requested a temporary order of protection, and the court granted it. Olsen was released from jail January 14th. Three days later, Weldy was dead.

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