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Man tells judge he didn’t mean to kill Iowa woman

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:58 a.m. CST

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — A 40-year-old man charged with killing a Marshalltown woman has said he “didn’t really mean to kill her.”

Mathew Irving made the statement during a videoconference Wednesday with Judge Kim Riley.

Irving is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 55-year-old Rebecca Hall. A Marshall County deputy found her body early Sunday in the back of a minivan parked on the shoulder of a road just east of Marshalltown. The vehicle belonged to Hall’s sister, Bonney Weber, who told the newspaper that she thought Irving and her sister had been friends.

Irving remains in custody, pending $1 million bail.