LU VERNE | A North Iowa man has been charged with murder for shooting a man in his garage in Lu Verne, according to law enforcement.

The Kossuth County Sheriff's Office says Jeffrey Lynn Winters, 60, of Livermore, has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Randy Merle Page, 54. Winters is being held in the Kossuth County Jail on a $2 million cash-only bond. 

Page's wife contacted authorities about 5:30 p.m. Monday to report Page was found unresponsive on the floor, the sheriff's office said earlier this week.

Law enforcement said Page was found dead with a "significant amount of blood" on the floor of his garage on the 200 block of Hanna Avenue in Lu Verne, according to court documents. About 260 people live in Lu Verne, which is about 19 miles southeast of Algona. 

Deputies found four 9mm bullet casings near Page's body, but didn't find a gun, charging documents said.

A next-door neighbor reported hearing four to five gunshots, court documents said, while others told law enforcement they saw a man matching Winters' description at the residence.

A witness told law enforcement that Page and Winters knew each other, charging documents said, which also noted there was "cell phone contact" between the two men at the time of the shooting.

According to court documents, another neighbor witnessed a vehicle matching the only vehicle registered to Winters, a 2005 Ford Explorer, leaving Page’s driveway and driving east “at a faster pace than normal.”

The Lu Verne city video camera system captured an older silver Ford Explorer driving east on Smart Street, about a block from the scene. The vehicle then turned south on Dewitt Street about 5:03 p.m. before driving out of town, court documents said.

During a search of Winters’ residence, law enforcement found an empty handgun holster and rifle ammunition, court documents said.

Page's body is being transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, authorities said in a news release Wednesday. 

The case is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Kossuth County Sheriff's Office and Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

Winters is also facing charges for felony willful injury causing bodily injury following an incident July 6 at a Humboldt County bar. 

At about 12:02 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received a report of a person who had been stabbed at a bar on the 400 block of Fourth Avenue in Livermore.

The person who was stabbed told deputies Winters spoke to him at the bar about having been in prison for murder, court documents said. Winters then followed the man as he left the bar. 

Winters pulled out a pocket knife and attempted to stab the man twice, striking him once in the back before leaving the scene in his vehicle, court documents said.

Humboldt County Attorney Jonathan Beaty added an additional charge of misdemeanor assault by dangerous weapon following Winters' arrest.

Winters pleaded not guilty to the Humboldt County charges and was scheduled for a jury trial Oct. 16. 

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