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Murder charge filed in 10 year old Early, Iowa cold case

EARLY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Ten years after a young man was shot and killed, a Siouxland woman, who was believed to be the victim of a home invasion, is arrested for murder.

In December of 2001, Tracey Richter-Roberts told Sac County authorities she was attacked by a family friend, Dustin Wehde, 20, and another unidentified man.  The alleged attack happened in the upstairs bedroom of her home in Early, Iowa.

Richter-Roberts said she acted in self-defense and shot and killed Wehde while the other man fled.

The case was never closed and in 2009, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation picked it up  for a closer look.

At a press conference Wednesday, Investigates said after years of collecting new witness testimony and evidence, they arrested Tracey Richter-Roberts Tuesday in Omaha for what they said was the planned murder of her once alleged attacker, Dustin Wehde.

Back in 2002, a then 35-year old Tracey Richter-Roberts, showed News Four her home and the bedroom where she said two men attacked her.

"I turned around and then fired at the figure that would have been standing, like right here, that was grabbing at me," said Richter-Roberts back in '02.

She showed us bullet marks sprayed across the walls and floor, after she said she had grabbed a gun and fired off multiple shots at two assailants, killing 20-year old Wehde and causing the other man to flee.

Sac County officials tell a different tale.

"Richter-Roberts is charged with Murder in the 1st degree, a class A felony," said Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure.

They believe Wehde was the victim of a planned murder.

"Law enforcement recovered evidence and information indicating the death of Wehde was planned and executed by Roberts," said Sheriff McClure.

State and county officials cite new evidence they've collected over years of investigation.  They said on December 13, 2001, Wehde went to Richter-Roberts home alone. They say she shot him, hitting him with nine of the eleven bullets she fired.

Other than that, officials refused to go into detail.

"Over the course of the last two years we have closely examined all aspects of this case... and all of those things have led us to the arrest of Tracey Roberts," said Iowa DCI Investigator Terry Klooster.

A criminal complaint filed on July 25th of this year offers some details of their new evidence. It says Richter-Roberts shot Wehde with two separate handguns. And also, that she placed an object in Wehde's car that made him appear to be a home invader. And officials said there's more too.

"There is no one piece, it's a combination of a bunch of different things that led to the arrest," said Investigator Klooster.

For Richter-Roberts to be tried in Iowa, she'll need to be extradited from Omaha where she's being held without bail. Officials said her arraignment has not been scheduled.

She was married at the time of the incident. Her husband was away on work when the shooting happened. Officials said they're not pursuing him in this case.

The details are few for now, but perhaps soon we'll know, what happened in that Early home, ten years ago.

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