More Arrests Linked to Marshalltown Murder

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DES MOINES, Iowa — There are two more arrests following a murder in Marshalltown over the weekend.

Early Sunday morning, 20-year-old Dedrikk Fisher died after he was shot. For four days, Marshalltown police say accused killer Jose Morales was able to evade them because he had help. Now police say two of his helpers are behind bars.

Twenty-six-year-old Bethany Brant of Marshalltown is accused of giving Morales a place to hide, and 19-year-old Francisco Padilla-Galvez of Nevada is accused of helping Morales hide the murder weapon.

Police found Morales in a home on Plaza Heights Road Wednesday, just doors from where Fisher’s family lives. Tuesday night, police lobbed about 30-canisters of tear gas into a home on North Center Street thinking Morales was there, but he wasn’t

“We were getting dozens and dozens of tips from people, some of them anonymous, some of them from specific people. Certainly we were interviewing a lot of different people. Lots of people that had no connection to each other kept pointing us in the direction of that property,” says Marshalltown Police Chief Michael Tupper,  “Unfortunately Mr. Morales wasn’t there and the tips we received didn’t pan out. He wasn’t there when we were there. I think the information that led us to that address as being a possible location for Mr. Morales was still good information. The timing didn’t work out.”

Morales is charged with first degree murder and going armed with intent. He’s being held in the Marshall County Jail.


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