Jury Considers Murder Charge in Man’s Second Trial

Vernon Huser
Vernon Huser

A jury is now considering a first-degree murder charge against an Ankeny man whose previous murder conviction was overturned by the Iowa Court of Appeals.

The case against 66-year-old Vernon Huser was given to the Polk County jury Monday afternoon following several hours of closing arguments.     Huser was convicted of first-degree murder in 2010 in the death of his ex-wife’s lover, Lance Morningstar. Huser was accused of helping Louis Woolheater plan to kill Morningstar, whose body was found in 2005.

The Iowa Court of Appeals granted Huser a new trial in 2011 due to hearsay evidence admitted at the first trial. Woolheater was convicted of first-degree murder in 2010 and is serving a life sentence.

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