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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
February 21, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Burlington Homicide Investigation Update

Please note: This is a press release from the Burlington Police Department. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa DCI. The Iowa DCI is assiting with this investigation.

Burlington, IOWA -- During the course of a homicide investigation that was initiated on February 16, 2015, Burlington Police have been searching for a black SUV that was present at the time of the incident at 7th and Elm. Detectives have received information from several social media outlets including Facebook and Burlington Area Crime Stoppers. The Burlington Police Department has emphasized that citizen involvement is an integral part in making Burlington a great community.

As a result of these collaborative efforts, officers have located the black SUV that was being sought in relation to the shooting. This vehicle has been taken to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Crime Lab in Ankeny for further analysis.

In addition to the continued processing of that vehicle, investigators have received preliminary autopsy results from the University of Iowa. Preliminary results indicate that Deonte Carter died as a result of multiple gunshots to his upper torso. 

The investigation surrounding the circumstances that led to the shooting death of Deonte Carter is ongoing and additional details will continue to be released as they become available.

The Burlington Police Department continues to urge the community to utilize these social media outlets to provide information regarding any criminal activity and thanks the community for its continued involvement and support. The Burlington Police Department continues to be assisted in this investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and it’s Iowa DCI Crime Lab.

Questions regarding this release can be referred to the Burlington Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm at (319)753-8370.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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