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I-80 Chase Suspect Now Charged With Murder

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More information is now known about the situation leading up the car chase that ended in a corn field in Scott County, Iowa on Monday afternoon, August 5, 2013.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says that on Monday morning around 11:41, the Worth County Sheriff's office received a 911 call from a female requesting help at Swensrud Park in Northwood, Iowa.

Deputies responded to the area and located 30-year-old Justina Marie Smith of Northwood, Iowa.

According to reports, Smith had severe injuries and was taken to the hospital where she later died.

While investigating, deputies learned the suspect, 39-year-old Tyrone Washington Jr., had fled the scene and taken the victim's car, a silver 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix.

At this point, law enforcement issued an attempt to locate bulletin for Washington and the missing Pontiac Grand Prix.

At around 3:30 that afternoon, the Pontiac was spotted by an Iowa State Trooper heading eastbound on Interstate 80 near the 276 mile marker.

The trooper attempted to stop the car and a pursuit ensued.

The suspect left the road near the 289 mile marker and drove through corn and bean fields along the interstate.

Washington was eventually stopped, taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Jail where he was initially held on various traffic charges related to the pursuit.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, an autopsy conducted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, revealed that Smith died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries.

The autopsy concludes the manner of death is considered homicide.

Washington has since been charged with murder in the first degree, a class A felony, and is currently being held in the Scott County Jail on $500,000 cash only bond.

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