The woman shot to death Tuesday morning at an Oakland home has been identified as 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey from rural Cass County, Iowa.
The suspect is 63-year-old Robert Reynolds Jr., charged with first-degree murder. He is being held on $1 million bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 18th.
Police were called to the home on Brown Street around 3 a.m. The caller said that her mother had been shot and the man who shot her was still inside the house. Authorities set up a perimeter around the house and detained Reynolds about a half-hour after the call came in.
It was a chaotic morning for residents of the small community. “When you wake up in the middle of the night and there are a dozen police cars on your street, yeah you're surprised," said neighbor Larry Argotsinger. "You don't know what's happening."
Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department deputies said an argument ended with the shooting. Neighbors said Kinkade-Dorsey was headed to Eppley Airfield to go on a trip and was staying with Reynolds and his wife for the night.
Deputies said there were two children present, but were not his biological children. “I never saw him very much, he was in and out, but I talked to him some years back and he seemed like a nice fella," said Argotsinger.
Investigators said alcohol was involved in the incident and WOWT 6 News has learned Reynolds’ ex-wife filed a protection order against him for relief from domestic abuse. Those charges were later dropped. His his ex-wife said it was a long time ago and it was resolved.
Nearby Riverside Junior and Senior High teachers read a statement to students before class started Tuesday morning, telling student that there had been a murder committed. Counseling services were provided.