On October 2, 2004, Lisa Ann McCuddin was shot and killed while riding as a passenger in a vehicle on its way to a Fort Dodge, Iowa, motel.
Officials initially were called to Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge where a man had gone after reporting being shot at the Holiday Inn. But when police got to the Holiday Inn to investigate the shooting, a car pulled into the parking lot driven by a man who said he and a female passenger had just been shot while driving to the hotel.
The driver, 29-year-old Fred Murray, and 23-year-old McCuddin were taken to the hospital, where McCuddin died. Murray was treated and released for minor injuries. The first gunshot victim, Isaac Givens, 23, told police a man wielding a gun at the hotel earlier that night shot him in the shoulder when he tried to run. Givens also was treated and released.
WHO-TV Channel 13′s Aaron Brilbeck reports on the unsolved murder of Lisa McCuddin. Air date: July 15, 2010
Police later said the two shooting incidents were related and believed it started when a fight broke out after a dance at the Fort Dodge Eagles Lodge; some of the people involved in the fight were later involved in the shootings.
On October 22, a judge agreed to the Fort Dodge Police Department’s request to jail a potential witness, Morquette Jackson, 19, on a material witness warrant.
The following Monday, October 25, police arrested two more men — Jimmy Dilliard, Jr., 20, and Darrin Foy, 20, both of Fort Dodge — and charged them with aiding and abetting. Morquette Jackson was then charged with attempted murder, willful injury, going armed with intent and rioting. All three were held in the Webster County Jail with bail set at $58,500.
A fourth man, Draper McDonald, 27, also of Fort Dodge, was arrested in November and on Nov. 19 charged with aiding and abetting attempted murder, aiding and abetting willful injury, and aiding and abetting going armed with intent in connection with the first shooting that injured Isaac Givens. Police said the shooting was linked to the shooting that killed McCuddin, but that the charges against McDonald were unrelated to McCuddin’s shooting.
Lisa Ann McCuddin’s case remains open and the investigation is ongoing.
Courtesy photo Becky McCuddin
Lisa McCuddin with son Davontrez “Trez.”
Webster County Crime Stoppers, Fort Dodge Police and Lisa’s family have joined forces to bring Lisa’s killer to justice, and are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in her death.
Lisa Ann McCuddin was born October 6, 1980, the daughter of Mark Alan and Rebecca (Dahl) McCuddin in Sioux City, IA. She graduated from the Fort Dodge Senior High School, loved children, and at the time of her death was employed at the PS Academy for Children.
Her interests included swimming and listening to music, and she loved spending time with her two children, her many friends and all of her family.
Courtesy photo Becky McCuddin
Lisa McCuddin with her son Davontrez and daughter Markasia.
She was survived by her two children, Markasia Cabbell and Davontrez Tyson, her parents, Becky (Buck Boring) McCuddin of Fort Dodge, Mark (Vicki) McCuddin of Sioux City, two sisters, Jennifer McCuddin and Contessa Stotz of Fort Dodge, one brother, Jason Hoogland-Boring of Fort Dodge, one step sister, Mandi Porsch of Sioux City, a grandmother, Delores McCuddin of Sioux City, a great-grandfather, Arthur Crabtree of Portsmouth, Ohio, seven aunts, five uncles, one niece and five nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Rose Dahl, and Eldon McCuddin.
In a July 2007 MySpace blog post, Jennifer McCuddin made an appeal to those her sister once called “friends,” urging them to come forward and report to police what knowledge they have about Lisa’s death. In August 2007 Jennifer posted information about the reward and provided Agent Hedlund’s contact information, and in April 2009 posted a link to the Webster County Crime Stoppers site where readers could get more information about her sister’s case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Fort Dodge police at 515-573-1426, Crime Stoppers at 515-573-1444 or toll free 1-800-542-9702, or contact Agent Larry Hedlund at 515-571-0880 or by e-mail at email@example.com.