Marion County

Marion County in Iowa

Lacona, Iowa, in Marion County

Unsolved Murders in Lacona, Iowa





Shirley Carter

Shirley Dene Carter
68 YOA
132 Perry St.
Lacona, IA
Marion County
June 19, 2015

Shirley Carter, a 68-year-old grandmother, suffered two gunshot wounds to her back on Friday, June 19, 2015, inside her rural Lacona home in Marion County. Her husband, Bill Carter, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the couple’s youngest son, Jason Carter. On Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, a Marion County jury sided with Bill Carter and decided Jason Carter would have to pay $10 million to his slain mother’s estate.

Two days after the civil trial verdict, Marion County officials and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation brought Jason in for booking and charged him with first-degree murder in his mother’s death. The criminal trial was moved to Pottawattamie County due to media attention. On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Pottawattamie County jurors returned a unanimous not guilty verdict.

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