Kossuth County Attempted Murder Case To Be Heard In O’Brien County

gavel_sxcPrimghar, Iowa — O’Brien County jurors are set to get an attempted murder case in February. But the alleged crime didn’t happen in O’Brien County. It happened about 100 miles east of Sheldon on Highway 18, in the town of Wesley. That’s about 13 miles east of Algona.

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department says it allegedly happened on Sunday, July 21st, 2013. Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Zeitler is accused of allegedly shooting a man several times during a dispute. The Sheriff’s Department says Zeitler was also charged with going armed with intent. He was arrested after a three-hour manhunt that ended in a cornfield near Corwith.

Authorities were called to 309 East Street in Wesley shortly after 4 o’clock that morning after the report of a shooting taking place. Zeitler was apprehended at about 7:00 AM that day after a search by the Iowa State Patrol’s airplane with help from Hancock and Kossuth county authorities.

This past November, a judge granted a change of venue to O’Brien County. According to court records, the trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday, February 18th at the courthouse in Primghar.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.

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