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Plea hearing scheduled for Davenport man accused of fatally shooting woman during night of unrest

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 4:15 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - A Davenport man charged with fatally shooting Italia Kelly in May 2020 during a night of civil unrest intends to plead guilty to attempted murder, according to a signed plea agreement filed this week.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22 for Parker M. Belz, 22, Scott County court documents show.

Attempted murder is a Class B felony punishable by 25 years in prison. According to the plea agreement, which was filed Tuesday, he will have to serve 70%, or 17.5 years, of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

He also will be ordered to pay at least $150,000 to Kelly’s heirs.

He initially faced a first-degree murder charge. According to the plea agreement, prosecutors will dismiss an additional charge of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

A trial scheduled for Oct. 25 has been canceled, according to court records.

At 11:27 p.m. May 31, 2020, Davenport police responded to Walmart, 3101 West Kimberly Road, for a woman who had been shot during a night of civil unrest across the city.

The woman, identified as Kelly, 22, suffered a single gunshot wound to her torso and subsequently died.

In an arrest affidavit, police said Belz “with premeditation” fired a gun at Kelly, hitting her.

He was arrested in June 2020.

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