Lakeville man charged in 1999 Iowa murder

New information in an old unsolved murder case in Iowa led to first-degree murder charges for a Lakeville man Friday, Aug. 16.

Deshaun Lamont Phillips, 34, had been convicted and jailed in Scott County for felony domestic assault when new evidence led the Iowa police to charge him with the 1999 murder of Judith Kay Weeks, a 44 year-old Cedar Rapids woman found partially clothed beneath a fire escape in a back yard of a vacant apartment house.

An autopsy concluded Weeks had been struck in her forehead with a sharp object.

The case had been investigated 14 years ago, was reviewed multiple times over the years, but new evidence had recently been uncovered, Cedar Rapids police Sgt. Denni Randall stated in a news release.

She declined to indicate what type of evidence had been discovered.

Phillips has a history of criminal convictions, according to Minnesota and Iowa Department of Corrections records, for crimes including domestic abuse, assault and burglary.