Kyle Gene Deemer

Friday afternoon Jessica Dawn Deemer, soon-to-be ex-wife to the gentleman pictured to the left, and her boyfriend Bryce Lee Mercer were headed to Mercer’s parent’s house when Kyle Gene Deemer ran them off the road on Highway 14 north in a rural part of Marshall County, Iowa. Their car was found in a ditch to the side of the road and the couple was found lying shot to death at the side of the road. Police received a call around 5:30pm informing them of the crash and a possible shooting and when police arrived they were told that the assailant had taken off in his silver pickup truck headed north.

Deemer was sighted and given chase by the Eldorado Police Department in
Hardin County. Eventually he went off the road and Deemer tried to flee
on foot. He was found and arrested later in the southern part of the
county, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is
currently being held in the Marshall County Jail in Marshalltown.


The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office have released the following two press releases since the shooting:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:

Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

641-754-6380

Fax 641-754-6325

Sheriff@co.marshall.ia.us

www.marshallcountysheriff.com

Additional on double homicide

Highway 14 north, in rural Marshall County – Addition information to the Media Release by Marshall County

Sheriff’s Office that was dated 10/18/2008:

“Double Homicide in Marshall County”

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office would like to release the names of the individuals involved in the above listed incident on 10/17/2008:

Deceased located at scene along Highway 14;

Jessica Dawn Deemer – Age 24 of Waukee, Iowa

Bryce Lee Mercer – Age 24 of West Des Moines, Iowa

Suspect arrested on warrants from Marshall County and Charged with two(2) counts of Murder in the First Degree;

Kyle Gene Deemer – Age 27 of West Des Moines, Iowa Suspect is being held in Marshall County Jail.

NOTE: (photo available under the welcome tab in the historical area of
www.marshallcountysheriff.com)

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation would like to thank all those who contributed to and assisted in this investigation.

Autopsy’s are being performed by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Des Moines, Iowa. Any inquiries that pertain to the outcome of the Medical Examiner’s investigation should be directed to that office or the Office of the Marshall County Attorney.

At this time, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office will issue no further statements or interviews to media outlets due to preparation for the prosecution of the suspect. Any inquiries should be routed to Marshall County Attorney, Jennifer Miller at 641/754-6314.

Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE of 10/18/2008:

At appx. 17:30 hrs on 10/17/2008 the Marshall County Communications Center received a 911 call indicating that a possible motor vehicle accident had occurred in the 1300 mile of Sanford Ave(Hwy 14) in Marshall County. Subsequent 911 calls indicated that there were shots fired at the scene.

Deputies from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Green Mountain Fire Department and First Responders were dispatched to the location.

Upon arrival, the responding agencies discovered two (2) victims along side the roadway, as well as a car in the east ditch. Preliminary investigation indicated that a male and a female, in their 20’s, had been shot and killed on scene. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was called to the scene to work with investigators from the Marshall
County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses stated that a suspect fled the scene northbound on Hwy 14 in a silver pickup truck. Deputies were able to determine a description and possible license number of the suspect vehicle. Surrounding law enforcement agencies were notified of the fleeing vehicle’s description. Shortly after the notification was sent out, the Eldora Police
Department located the suspect vehicle and a chase ensued. Several local, county and state officers joined in the pursuit with the chase ending in northwest Hardin County due to the vehicle leaving the roadway.

The immediate area surrounding the vehicle’s location was secured and a search started. Later in the evening, the suspect was apprehended, by the Iowa State Patrol, without incident while he was on foot in southern Hamilton County.

The suspect was taken into custody and charged with two(2) counts of Murder in the First Degree. At this time, the suspect is being held in the Marshall County Jail, without bond.

Names of the victims and the suspect are being with-held pending notification of their immediate families. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office anticipates submitting an updated News Release, with the names, later in the afternoon on 10/18/2008.

No other information will be available until released via placement on our website.

Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus

About Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

The Marshall County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office is headed up by Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus. Sheriff Kamatchus is committed to keeping communities and neighborhoods safe in Marshall County.

For additional information or a sample copy, contact:

Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

641-754-6380

Fax 641-754-6325

Sheriff@co.marshall.ia.us

www.marshallcountysheriff.com

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Aside from the fact that two people are dead, one of the sadder aspects of this case as I understand it is that Jessica and Kyle also had a son who is now without a mother or father. From comments I have read (unsubstantiated as of right now) Kyle and Jessica were in the process of getting a divorce and something about it is what triggered Kyle’s reaction and subsequent murder of Jessica and Bryce. Regardless of the fact that they were not yet divorced there just is no sane reason in the world to have killed them. Deemer does seem to have a pretty extensive criminal history according to court records in the State of Iowa as well. That doesn’t necessarily signify that he would kill someone but it does show the progression in his criminal activity since he was around 20 years old. If there is any from his teenage years I couldn’t find it, but of course that stuff would be sealed anyway.
I haven’t found any kind of conclusive online information for any of them. Lot’s of links that may or may not be these folks but I’m not going to post them until I have more information.
Updates Below:

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The Piersbacher Funeral Home web site has Jessica Luedtke Deemer’s obituary online. Her funeral is on Wednesday morning and the family is asking that any donations be made to the Ty Deemer Trust Fund. Here is the obituary in it’s entirety:
Jessica Dawn Luedtke Deemer of Waukee, Iowa formerly of Chariton, Iowa died Friday, October 17, 2008 near Marshalltown, Iowa at the age of 24. 
Jessica was born in Iowa City, Iowa on July 17, 1984 to Kevin and Lori (Greubel) Luedtke. She was raised on a farm near Chariton along with Jason, her brother, and Jamie, her sister. 
Jessica attended school at Russell Community School until her sophomore year and transferred to Chariton High School. She was a dedicated student and loved to learn. Jessica graduated salutatorian from Chariton High School in 2002. She had completed enough college courses and entered into Indian Hills Community College as a sophomore. In 2003 Jessica earned her Associates Degree and went on to further her education at Simpson College in Indianola. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing in 2005. 
Many memories were made during Jessica’s high school years as she worked her first job in the pumpkin fields with her family. She also worked at Double Dip for Annie and Becca where Jessica was a very dedicated and loved employee. At the time of her death Jessica was employed at Principal Financial in Des Moines as a compliance associate. 
Jessica had one son Ty Deemer age 6. Above all, her greatest joy was being Ty’s mom. She had a big heart and would sacrifice all for those she loved. Jessica was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. 
Jessica was a genuine friend to all. She was a natural when it came to decorating. Whether it was a friend’s wedding cake or painting Ty’s room, her creativity was endless. She has always loved to exercise and recently began biking and running. This past year Jessica participated in RAGBRAI, the Dam to Dam Run, and Living History Farms Race. She enjoyed the challenge and was always the one encouraging her friends along the way. 
Jessica is survived by her son Ty, her parents Kevin and Lori Luedtke, brother Jason Luedtke, sister Jamie Luedtke, all of Chariton, Iowa; grandparents: Bob and Colene Greubel, Lacona, Iowa; Orville and Joy Luedtke, Des Moines, Iowa; Joan and Bill Elliott, Indianola, Iowa; great grandparents: Paul and Veda Miller, Lacona, Iowa; mother-in-law Brenda Rumley, Chariton, Iowa; sister-in-law Ashley Rumley, Ottumwa, Iowa; grandmother Wilma Deemer, Lucas, Iowa; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 
Services will be held Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa with Pastor Eric Hann and Pastor Paul Olson officiating. Burial in Salem Cemetery in Lucas County, Iowa. 
The family asks that memorials be made to Ty Deemer Trust Fund.
The funeral for Bryce Mercer will be taking place on Friday. You can view the obituary (also below) as well as the service schedule here.
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Bryce L. Mercer was born June 4, 1984 in Waterloo, IA, the son of Randy and Vivian Olive Mercer. Bryce received his education in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Schools where he graduated from high school in the Class of 2002. He continued his education at Wartburg College in Waverly where he received a double major in Finance and Economics. Bryce also was a student athlete at Wartburg and was a member of the football team for 4 years. Following graduation he took a job with Principal Financial Group in Des Moines where he currently was employed. Bryce’s death came on Friday, October 17, 2008 at the age of 24 years. Bryce enjoyed all sports including NASCAR. He also enjoyed his recent trips with friends to the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox’s games. Recently had returned from the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos game. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Russell Olive. He is survived by his parents, Randy and Vivian Mercer of Gladbrook, one sister Justina (Derek) Brant and their daughter Kennedy of Albertville, MN, his maternal grandmother, Pat Olive (Paul) Farris of West Des Moines, and paternal grandparents Eugene and Joyce Mercer of Gladbrook. A memorial fund has been established with F & M Bank in Tama, Gladbrook, and Marshalltown.

Updated – Jessica Deemer Luedtke is to be interred on Wednesday morning. The update and obituary are at the end of the post.

Update 2 – Information on the funeral as well as the obituary for Bryce Mercer has also been added to the end of the post.

Update
3 November 3rd 2008 – Kyle Deemer provided a written plea of Not Guilty
this past Friday in the shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her
boyfriend. The trial date has been set for January 13th but that may
have to be extended.

Update
4 – Kyle Deemer’s trial was originally scheduled for last month
(January) but it has been rescheduled. He will be on trial for two
counts of first degree murder on August 25th. I guess since it’s such
an awful capital murder the attorneys felt that they needed more time
for discovery.

Update 5 9/23/09
– Last month the trial that was supposed to begin on August 25th was
rescheduled to November 16th. Along with having the trial rescheduled
there was to be a hearing last week for a motion requesting a change of
venue. I haven’t yet found whether the location change has been granted
or not but if it was that may also delay the trial even more.

Update VI 10/27/09 – As Rich noted in the comments the trial has been moved to Dakota City (Humboldt County). It is still scheduled to start on November 16th.

Sources and Related Entries:
http://www.iowacourts.state.ia.us/
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