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On March 7, 2014, a Polk County jury found defendant Matthew Grady guilty of Murder in the First Degree for shooting Stephen Scott in the back, with a Makarov pistol. The Des Moines Police Department solved this murder case based upon convenience store video showing the defendant and Stephen Scott together within 13 minutes of the shooting. An eye witness identified a male that resembled the defendant, standing outside of the victim’s car immediately after the shooting. The police obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s residence and located a distinctive, rare Makarov gun magazine. The defendant admitted he owned that Makarov magazine. Law enforcement testified that Makarov pistols are rarely seen in Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has only investigated one murder case in which a Makarov pistol was used- this case.

An original criminal trial of this case occurred in 2010. The original twelve person jury also convicted the defendant of Murder in the 1st Degree. The Iowa Court of Appeals reversed that conviction in a 2-1 decision.

On March 21, 2014, the defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The retrial was prosecuted by Assistant Polk County Attorneys Justin Allen and Susan Cox.

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