Howson granted pretrial release in attempted murder case

CLINTON — A Clinton man charged with attempted murder, accused of striking a male with a baseball bat multiple times, has been granted pretrial release with supervision.

Clinton County District Court Judge Mark Cleve on Friday ordered the conditions of bond be modified to pretrial release with supervision for Kristopher P. Howson, 37, 807 14th Ave. South. Cleve ordered Howson be released to the supervision of the Seventh Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. He was ordered to immediately report to the Department of Correctional Services. Cleve ordered a no-contact order be entered between Howson and the alleged victim. Defense attorney John Kies on July 19 filed a motion for the bond review.

Howson is charged with attempt to commit murder, a Class B felony; and willful injury causing serious injury, dangerous weapon, a Class C felony.

According to the affidavit, at 2:05 a.m. June 15, officers were dispatched for a report of an assault with a baseball bat. Officers arrived on scene and observed a male with multiple injuries. A witness on the scene observed the assault. She stated the male was struck multiple times with a baseball bat by Howson, her husband. The male originally declined medical attention but later was driven by private vehicle to Mercy Medical Center-North's emergency room.

The affidavit continued that an officer conducted a recorded interview with Howson at the Clinton Police Department. Howson stated he and his wife were separated and had a no-contact order in place. Howson stated he drove his truck to the front of his wife's residence and observed the male sitting on the tailgate of his truck, with Howson's wife. Howson stated the male walked up to his front door window and told him he had been having relations with Howson's wife for the past four months.

The affidavit states Howson admitted to opening the truck door and grabbing a baseball bat he had in the front of the truck. Howson admitted to approaching the male and striking him with a baseball bat four or five times, court records state. Howson stated he went back to his truck and fled the scene. Howson told the officer he disposed of the baseball bat in the back of Baymont Inn and Suites by throwing it in the woods. The officer later photographed and collected the baseball bat at the location Howson provided to the officer.

The affidavit states an officer conducted a recorded interview with Howson's wife at the Clinton Police Department. She placed a recorded phone call to Howson in reference to the incident. Howson's wife asked Howson if he was trying to kill the male. Howson responded with "I don't know." The male was later airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The male stated his injuries included a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain, broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a lacerated kidney, fractured vertebrae, two lacerations on his scalp and multiple contusions on his legs, arms, abdomen and back.

Howson's pretrial conference is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 16.