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Assault victim dies, Davenport man charged with murder

Assault victim dies, Davenport man charged with murder

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A Davenport man is charged with second-degree murder after allegedly killing a man by punching him several times in the head on Christmas Eve. 

Jaret Leonard Lee Peck, 31, was originally charged with willful injury, a felony, and interference with official acts, a misdemeanor. The murder charge was added after the victim, 47-year-old Terrance Woodard, died from his injuries Sunday, according to a news release from the Davenport Police Department. 

Police were called to investigate the assault a little after 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24. The assault happened at the 200 block of Scott Street. Police found Woodard with serious injuries, and he was transported to Genesis Medical Center East. He was later transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Cpl. Gregory Lalla, Peck punched Woodard in the head multiple times, including after the man already was on the ground. 

Second-degree murder is a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of 50 years, 70% of which, or 35 years, must be served before parole can be granted.  

Peck is being held in the Scott County Jail on a cash-only bond of $500,000. He also is being held on bonds totaling $7,000, cash or surety, on charges he violated his probation. 

Peck is currently on probation until July 22, 2023, according to Iowa Department of Corrections online records.

During a hearing July 22 in Scott County District Court, Scott County Associate District Judge Christine Dalton sentenced Peck to two years on supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to domestic abuse-second offense resulting in bodily injury. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of two years. That sentence was to run concurrently to a separate case in which Peck pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking.

Peck violated his probation. During a hearing Sept. 23 in Scott County District Court his probation was to include successful completion of the Residential Correctional Facility program.


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