The husband of an Iowa health care administrator has been charged with first-degree murder in her April death

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By
RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press
October 29, 2019, 11:29 AM
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This Oct. 28, 2019, photo provided by the Johnson County Jail in Iowa City, Iowa shows Roy Browning, Jr. Browning has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, JoEllen Browning, a University of Iowa Health Care official, who was found dead in their home on April 5. (Johnson County Jail via AP)
This Oct. 28, 2019, photo provided by the Johnson County Jail in Iowa City, Iowa shows Roy Browning, Jr. Browning has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, JoEllen Browning, a University of Iowa Health Care official, who was found dead in their home on April 5. (Johnson County Jail via AP)The Associated Press
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The husband of an Iowa health care administrator stabbed his wife to death in April, hours before she was set to learn about financial problems he had tried to hide from her, police alleged in court documents filed Tuesday.

Roy Browning Jr. of Iowa City was arrested Monday night on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of JoEllen Browning, his wife of 42 years. He was being held Tuesday at the Johnson County jail after a judge set a $5 million bond.


Roy Browning, 67, had called 911 on the morning of April 5 to report that he found his wife unresponsive on her bedroom floor at their Iowa City home. <snip>
An hour after she was reported dead, JoEllen Browning was scheduled to meet with the family's financial representative to discuss those problems as she prepared to file their taxes, Riessen wrote.

At the meeting, JoEllen Browning was going to learn that one of their savings accounts was depleted, that Roy Browning had taken out loans of which she was not aware and that an account she thought was active never actually existed, he wrote. <snip>
 

GarAndMo39

Not a Sheeple!
Trial date set for man accused of killing wife JoEllen Browning
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The trial will begin at 9 a.m. on March 10 at the Johnson County Courthouse. Browning has been charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. <snip>
A case management conference date has also been set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 14. At the conference, Browning will either reaffirm his not guilty plea, change his plea to guilty, or offer to plead guilty in order to come to a plea deal, according to court documents. <snip>
 

GrandmaBear

‘We Have Nothing to Fear Except Fear Itself'
Wow, 42 years of marriage and two adult children, to end like this. What is WRONG with people, smh. Killing her certainly did not solve his problems did it? It only secured his arrest and likely the rest of his life in prison.
 

GarAndMo39

Not a Sheeple!
Trial date to be moved for man accused of killing his wife, UI Health Care budget official JoEllen Browning
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According to documents filed Monday, the defense requested a delay in the trial due to a previously granted motion to extend deadlines on pretrial motions. The defense also wanted a trial delay due to “other conflicting professional obligations, the substantial amount of discovery yet to be reviewed, and the need to pursue additional defense investigation,” court documents read.

The state did not resist the defense’s motion to delay the trial and case management conference.
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