Alleged wielder of baseball bat faces attempted murder charges

2014-08-14T05:45:00Z 2014-12-19T08:34:08Z Alleged wielder of baseball bat faces attempted murder chargesSarah Tisinger/Muscatine Journal The Quad-City Times
August 14, 2014 5:45 am  • 

MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine man has been charged with attempted murder after a fight last week that sent another man to the hospital.

Jose Tapia Jr., 27, whose address was last reported as 919 Poplar St., was charged with attempted murder, a class B felony, and willful injury, a class C felony, on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Tapia was involved in a fight at 411 Peachtree St. on Aug. 8 with Micheal Newman of Muscatine. The criminal complaints allege that during the altercation Tapia struck Newman in the head with a baseball bat, intending to kill him.

Newman was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals that night and put into a medically induced coma. He remains in critical condition.

Prior to Wednesday's charges, Tapia had been arrested on Aug. 11, and charged with two counts delivery of a controlled substance, each a class C felony. According to court documents, Tapia delivered approximately 20.8 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant on Feb. 5, and approximately 25.3 grams of cocaine to the same informant on Feb. 19.

Tapia is being held at the Muscatine County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond for the drug charges and held without bond on the new charges pending an initial appearance on Thursday, Aug. 14.

A class B felony carries a prison term up to 25 years. A class C felony carries a prison term up to 10 years and a fine from $1,000-$10,000.

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