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-Messenger picture by Kelby Wingert Justin Hurdel, a Fort Dodge gentleman accused of killing his estranged wife in August 2020, listens to the opening arguments of his very first-diploma murder demo at the Boone County Courthouse. BOONE — Justin Hurdel went into the place of work of his estranged wife’s […]

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Justin Hurdel, a Fort Dodge gentleman accused of killing his estranged wife in August 2020, listens to the opening arguments of his very first-diploma murder demo at the Boone County Courthouse.

BOONE — Justin Hurdel went into the place of work of his estranged wife’s attorney to signal divorce papers just hours ahead of he allegedly shot and killed her in August 2020, Assistant Webster County Attorney Bailey Taylor advised a Boone County jury on Wednesday afternoon.

Hurdel is on demo for first-degree murder in the loss of life of his estranged spouse, Maggie Flint. Flint was recognized as Maggie Hurdel through her relationship to the defendant.

Hurdel, 44, of Fort Dodge, was arrested on Aug. 6, 2020, after a 17-hour manhunt across the city after he allegedly shot and killed Flint in a garage wherever she was functioning on her pickup truck the day in advance of.

On Aug. 5, 2020, officers were named to 526 S. 19th St. for experiences of photographs fired. When officers arrived, they located Flint with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Paramedics tried daily life-preserving attempts, but she died at the scene.

Hurdel was shortly named a suspect in the murder and he was afterwards situated in the area of the junction of U.S. Freeway 20 and Webster County Highway P59, south of Fort Dodge. Webster County Sheriff’s Place of work K-9 Swamper was deployed to observe the suspect, who was promptly tracked to a close by get rid of exactly where he was taken into custody with out incident.

-Messenger photograph by Kelby Wingert

Assistant Webster County Legal professional Bailey Taylor gives her opening arguments to the jury for Justin Hurdel’s initially-degree murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.

Hurdel was ultimately billed with initial-degree murder.

The demo was moved to Boone County soon after the court docket was not able to seat a jury in Webster County just after a working day of jury collection in April.

Soon after almost two days of jury collection, the attorneys have been equipped to give their opening arguments to the jury prior to the conclusion of the day on Wednesday.

Aug. 5, 2020, need to have been a working day of reduction for Flint, Taylor informed the jury.

“A day a weight experienced finally been lifted off her shoulders,” she reported. “A day wherever Maggie … could breathe effortless, because what had once been a delighted marriage that turned unpleasant, was intended to be in excess of.”

Flint experienced filed for divorce to conclusion the relationship that lasted pretty much two decades.

“She was ready to shift on with her lifestyle, but as a substitute, this guy right here determined that that day was likely to be Maggie’s very last working day on this earth,” Taylor reported. “You’re likely to hear that this relationship was total of ups and downs, as evidenced by 3 independent occasions in which Maggie had filed for divorce.”

Taylor explained to the jury that they would be listening to from Webster County Sheriff’s Office Detective Alex Winninger, who specializes in telecommunications, who will testify on the “magnitude” of text messages sent involving Hurdel and Flint for the duration of the month prior to Flint’s loss of life.

“This person went earlier mentioned and past to tear this lady down,” Taylor reported.

In the week prior to Flint’s loss of life, Hurdel’s messages to her “went from sad, to determined, to pathetic,” the prosecutor claimed.

Taylor mentioned that testimony from witnesses will show that Hurdel came to the dwelling on South 19th Road, where by Flint was doing work on her truck, to notify her he experienced signed the divorce papers. She explained Hurdel saw that the information didn’t upset Flint, so he “storms off” ahead of afterwards returning with a gun and waiting for her to return from an automobile pieces retailer.

“You’ll hear the witnesses say that they listened to the defendant say to her ‘If my lifestyle is more than, then so is yours,’” Taylor claimed. “A moment afterwards, Maggie is on the ground, dead, with a shotgun wound to the back.”

When it was the defense’s time to deal with the jury, defense attorney Katherine Flickinger informed the jury that “accidents happen” and that Flint’s dying wasn’t intended by the defendant.

Hurdel had recently received a “horrible health-related prognosis,” had lost his position because of it and experienced now misplaced his marriage, making him suicidal, Flickinger reported. He went to the garage that working day, not to eliminate Flint, but to destroy himself in entrance of her.

“Maggie died as a consequence of Mr. Hurdel’s reckless habits,” she mentioned. “He wasn’t trying to shoot her, he was making an attempt to shoot himself. But when that gun goes off, you can not choose it again.”

Just after the shot that killed Flint, Hurdel did flip the gun on himself, preceding court data and testimony clearly show, and he received really serious tissue accidents to his nose.

Flickinger advised the jury that when the demo is nearing its finish, she strategies on asking it to return with a verdict of guilty of involuntary manslaughter, a “lesser included” charge in a to start with-diploma murder demand.

The demo will proceed currently with the start of witness testimony. Stick to @KelbyWingert on Twitter for stay updates.


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