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2 arrested in Cedar Rapids man’s death staged as suicide

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 1:08 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Trial has been set for a man charged in a Cedar Rapids man’s death that police say was staged to look like a suicide.

A second-degree murder trial for 28-year-old Joshua Conklin has been set for Jan. 18. Conklin is charged in the June 2019 death of 44-year-old Randal Joseph Campbell, who was found dead with an air rifle positioned on his lap and torso.

Investigators determined the scene was staged to appear to be a suicide, and that Conklin had used the air rifle to shoot Campbell at close range. Conklin is also charged with obstructing justice in Campbell’s death.

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