Four in custody after What Cheer shooting

Three women and a man are in custody after a shooting last week in What Cheer.  Around 2am on February 19, Keokuk County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call about shots fired.  The victim told deputies that she was in her pickup truck when a man fired five shots at her from close range.  He then got into his vehicle and left.  An investigation found that the same man and three women had forced their way into a What Cheer home with a firearm.  That investigation led to Harvey, in Marion County, where there was a short chase before the suspects tried to flee on foot and were arrested.  After several search warrants were served, deputies found two shotguns, a rifle, two handguns, drugs and drug paraphernalia.  26-year-old Taylor Stilley of Albia was arrested on an outstanding federal warrant and he is charged with attempt to commit murder and first degree burglary.  20-year-old Kearsten Schmidt of What Cheer, 18-year-old Mersadie Little of Oskaloosa and 17-year-old Tiana Stilley of Albia are all charged with first degree burglary.  Taylor Stilley is being held in federal custody.  The three women are being held on bond in the Keokuk County Jail.


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