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Fort Madison Man Accused of Murder

Des Moines County Jail

Lenard Polhans, 42, of Fort Madison has been charged with First Degree Murder in connection with the death of Marvin Sutton, 35, of Burlington over the weekend.

The Burlington Police Department said it responded to Sutton's home at 1609 Green Street just before 3:00 pm Sunday, June 1, after receiving reports of gunshots being fired.

Officers found Sutton's body in the backyard.  He had been shot in the chest.

Authorities said Sutton and Polhans had a confrontation before Sutton was shot. 

Polhans fled the scene on a motorcycle but was later arrested in Fort Madison.

He is being held in the Des Moines County jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.