Davenport Police Charge Man in Death of Woman at Protest


This undated photo provided by the Kelly family shows Italia Marie Kelly, 22, of Davenport, Iowa. Kelly, who also went by the last name Impinto, was shot and killed outside a Walmart early Monday, June 1, 2020, while leaving a protest against police brutality. Police say the death is under investigation and came amid a night of civil unrest in Davenport, Iowa’s third largest city. (Courtesy of the Kelly family via AP)

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport police said Friday they had charged a man with murder in the death of a woman who was shot on May 31 as she got into her car to leave a protest.

Police charged Parker Belz, 21, of Davenport with first-degree murder in the death of Italia Marie Kelly, 22. She had joined in a protest over the death of George Floyd after getting off work at a restaurant but was getting in a vehicle to leave because the gathering outside a Walmart had turned unruly.

She died of a single shot in the back and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police said in an arrest affidavit that Belz acted with “premeditation, malice aforethought and intent” to kill Kelly.

Belz was held in the Scott County Jail.

In Iowa, a conviction of first-degree murder carries a mandatory term of life in prison.


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