Iowa man accused of fatally shooting his older brother, dumping body on rural road

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Source: Iowa Department of Public Safety; MEGA

Aug. 17 2021, Published 10:33 a.m. ET

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After a two-month investigation, a man in Iowa is under arrest for allegedly murdering his brother, according to authorities.

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Creston, Iowa, resident Dustin Seley, 43, was taken into custody on Aug. 16 in connection with the death of his older sibling, Timothy Fechter, 58, who went missing almost two months earlier.

Fechter’s body was found along a rural road in Adair County on July 1, and investigators found a spent .380 caliber shell at the crime scene.

In a criminal affidavit, Creson police said Fechter was last seen alive in his truck driving away from his home with Seley around 3 a.m. June 20.

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The brothers’ sister, Lori Graham, told local law enforcement Seley had called her later that day and told her he and Fechter had gotten into a fight and that out on a dirt road and had taken the victim’s pickup truck and cellular phone, according to the affidavit.

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An autopsy showed Fechter’s died from blunt force trauma and a single gunshot wound to the head, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said.

“During a search warrant executed on June 21st at Fechter’s residence in Creston, the clothes that Seley was wearing, were located and seized, the affidavit states, noting the suspect’s shirt had what appeared to be a blood stain and looked as if it had been hand washed.

Seley’s daughter, Heaven Caballero-Lara, allegedly claimed her father “repeatedly told her that ‘Tim was gone’ and he had killed him, the affidavit states.

Seley was booked into the Union County Jail on a first-degree murder charge.

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