Attorney: Iowa City man accused of killing wife will plead not guilty

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - UPDATE 11/13: The attorney for an Iowa City man accused of killing his wife says his client will plead not guilty.

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Johnson County court records say 67-year-old Roy Browning Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the April 5 stabbing death of JoEllen Browning.

Attorney Leon Spies told the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Tuesday that Roy Browning will file a written plea before his Nov. 22 arraignment.

Investigators allege that Roy Browning killed his wife as she was in the process of discovering that he had hidden major financial problems. He stood to gain from her estate worth more than $2 million in retirement accounts and life insurance upon her death.

JoEllen Browning had been the director of operating budgets at University of Iowa Health Care, where she had worked for decades.

ORIGINAL: The husband of an Iowa health care administrator has been charged with first-degree murder in her April death.

Records show that 67-year-old Iowa City businessman Roy Browning, Jr. was arrested and booked at the Johnson County Jail on Monday.

Browning is charged in the death of his wife of 42 years, JoEllen Browning, who was found dead at their home on April 5.

Authorities say she died from "sharp force injuries " inflicted by an assailant. JoEllen Browning had been the director of operating budgets at University of Iowa Health Care, where she had worked for decades.

Detectives from the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa City Police Department had worked on the case for months. The criminal complaint against Roy Browning wasn't immediately available.