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Published on September 9th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman


Iowa Teens Charged with Murder in Parking Lot Beating

Three teens are accused of killing Richard Daughenbaugh, 40, who was found severely beaten in a parking lot near the Center Street bridge around 1 a.m. Sunday. He died from his injuries at a local hospital. The homicide apparently stemmed from a verbal altercation between Daughenbaugh and one of the men arrested, though Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax declined to say which one.

Yarvon Nathaniel Russell, James Alon Shorter and Kent Anthony Tyler III, all of Des Moines, were charged Friday with first-degree murder.

Russell and Shorter were arrested and taken to the Polk County Jail. A warrant has been issued for Tyler’s arrest. He was still at large as of Friday night.

At some point one of the suspects attacked Daughenbaugh, authorities said. The other two – and police believe several others – joined in.

Investigators didn’t find a motive other than the argument. Police recovered Daughenbaugh’s wallet and determined the event wasn’t a robbery gone bad.

The suspects allegedly beat Daughenbaugh using no weapons other than their own bodies while others in the group tried to stop anyone from helping, police said.

A woman fishing nearby tried to step in and stop the assault and was struck, police said. Her companion was attacked as he jumped in to defend her.

And when the woman tried to call 911, two women from the group allegedly grabbed her phone and threw it. She eventually retrieved it and called 911.

Le’Prese Derrion Williams, 21, was charged with willful injury in the assault.

Shanayia Dianne Hamer, 23, and Franreca Delores Woods, 19, both of Des Moines, were charged with first-degree theft for grabbing the phone.

Police believe several dozen people were gathered in the parking lot and watched the attack. Investigators suspect there are three or four others who participated and are working to develop additional evidence.

Investigators haven’t determined what Daughenbaugh was doing in the area that night, and they aren’t sure why such a large crowd gathered.

Authorities have found no connection between Daughenbaugh and anyone else involved. And police don’t usually see this many people involved in a single homicide.

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Source: patdollard.com “Iowa Teens Charged with Murder in Parking Lot Beating ,” September 9, 2013.

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