Murder victim’s name, cause of death released

Police have identified a 59-year-old Garwin man as the murder victim in a local homicide.

David James Warnell was shot in the head sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning, Police Chief Mike Tupper said.

Two Marshalltown men have been arrested in connection with the murder.

Jeremy A. Gartin, 30, is charged with first-degree murder and carrying a concealed weapon.

Max E. Nelson Jr., 55, is charged with accessory after the fact, abuse of a corpse and first-degree theft.

Warnell’s body was mutilated post-mortem, Tupper said.

Police discovered Warnell’s body at Gartin’s home, 502 N. Fourth Ave. late Tuesday evening.

Tupper said sometime following the homicide, Nelson stole Warnell’s vehicle, a 2007 Dodge Charger, for which he is charged with first-degree theft, a Class C felony. Gartin is charged with carrying a concealed weapon for having a knife on him when he was apprehended.

The circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated, Tupper said. No other suspects are being sought in connection with the crime.

Both men are being held without bond at the Marshall County Jail.