Clinton man jailed on 1st-degree murder

CLINTON — A third individual has been charged for his alleged role in a 2016 burglary.

Javontae D. Cavanaugh, 18, of DeWitt, is charged with first-degree burglary, a class B felony. A preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21. Bond is set at $50,000, cash only, until his initial appearance.

Brandon P. Armstrong, of DeWitt, appeared in May in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for second-degree burglary, a class C felony. District Court Judge Henry Latham ordered sentence and judgment be deferred. Armstrong was placed on probation during good behavior for a period of three years to the Seventh Judicial District Department of Correctional Services unless sooner released by the court upon recommendation of the probation officer.

Nathaniel M. Smith, 18, of DeWitt, in 2017 was charged with first-degree burglary, a class B felony and first-degree robbery, a class B felony. Attorney John Wolfe on March 4, 2017, filed a motion to transfer to juvenile court. The motion states Smith was 17 years old and 16 years old at the time of the offense. The motion states Smith had no prior serious problems with the juvenile justice system.

District Court Judge Mark Cleve on April 7, 2017, ordered jurisdiction over Smith was reverse waived to the jurisdiction of the Iowa Juvenile Court. It was ordered Smith be placed in juvenile detention. It also was ordered that upon review of the detention status, Smith was released to the custody of his parents subject to the supervision of the office of Juvenile Court Services.

According to the affidavit, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 2016, an officer was dispatched to a DeWitt residence for a burglary that just occurred. The officer was informed that three males entered the residence through the back door and went downstairs, stealing several items and threatening a male. The male had been downstairs playing video games.

The affidavit states the victim advised a male was armed with a fire extinguisher, which had been originally hanging on the basement wall. The victim said the male on two occasions held the fire extinguisher above his head and threatened the victim. A separate male was reported to have been carrying a log approximately 4 inches in diameter and 20 inches in length. The victim reported he was threatened with the log the same time he was threatened with the fire extinguisher.

The affidavit continues that the victim reported in a voluntary statement that approximately two hours before the burglary one individual had come to the house with a second male to look for a key which he reported he lost the weekend prior while hanging out at the victim’s residence. The victim reported the two males wore the same clothes during the burglary as they had when they first came to the residence. The victim reported during the burglary a vaporizer, a Bluetooth speaker, a camouflage digital coin jar with loose coins and $160 were taken.