Ottumwa fatal stabbing. Suspect in custody

An Ottumwa man is in custody in connection with a fatal stabbing.  Around 2:40pm Thursday (11/11), Ottumwa Police received a 911 call about someone who had been stabbed in the alley behind 105 North Hancock.  55-year-old Gerald William Sapp of Ottumwa was found in the alley with multiple stab wounds.  Sapp was staying at the Hancock address and had been working on a vehicle near the alley when he was fatally attacked.  Witnesses at the scene identified a suspect and where the suspect could have gone.  Police got a search warrant for a residence in the 100 block of North Weller…and found the suspect hiding in a closet, along with potential evidence of a crime.  42-year-old Douglas Raymond Spurgeon of Ottumwa has been charged with first degree murder.  Spurgeon is being held without bond in the Wapello County Jail.


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