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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
March 24, 2016
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Iowa DCI Arrests Man in Benton County Homicide Investigation

BENTON COUNTY, Iowa -- On March 24, 2016, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) secured an arrest warrant for Murder in the First Degree for David Charles Miller, 32, of Shellsburg.  Miller has been arrested for his role in the October 25, 2015 death of Sabrina Hustad. 

On October 25, 2015, Sabrina Hustad was found dead when Benton County Deputies arrived at Miller’s residence, 3257 59th Street Trail Lot #4 Shellsburg, Iowa.  

On October 26, 2015, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny conducted an autopsy on the body of Sabrina Hustad.  Dr. Michele Catellier performed the autopsy and determined the cause of Hustad’s death to be multiple stab wounds with strangulation.  The manner of death has been ruled a homicide. 

Murder in the First Degree, (Iowa State Criminal code 707.2) is classified as a Class “A” felony and if convicted carries a mandatory life imprisonment.  David Miller has been housed at the Benton County Jail since October 25, 2015 on a no-bond hold Parole Violation and for Operating a Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Consent (Iowa State Criminal code 714.7).

Media Contact:  Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn at (563) 370-5109

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

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