Digital Access

Digital Access
Access newtondailynews.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
News, sports, local and regional entertainment and more!

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
State

Minnesota man returns to Iowa to face charge in 16-year-old slaying

IOWA CITY (AP) — A Minnesota resident has been returned to Iowa to face charges that he killed his wife in Iowa City more than 16 years ago.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported John Bloomfield faces a first-degree murder charge for the September 1997 death of 57-year-old Frances Bloomfield. Her body was found in a ditch outside of Rockford, Ill. Authorities believe she was strangled at the couple’s home and her body dumped in Illinois.

John Bloomfield said at the time that he had been away on a business trip.

He made his first court appearance Friday in Johnson County District Court via a video feed from the Johnson County Jail.

A judge set bail for the 73-year-old Bloomfield at $1 million. His preliminary hearing is Dec. 23.

Loading more