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Public Defender Changing for Northeast Iowa Man Accused of Killing Wife

A northeast Iowa man accused of killing his wife has been assigned new legal representation.

37-year-old Brandon Kasemeier is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of his estranged wife, Jami Kasemeier. She was found deceased at her home in Waukon the morning of January 22nd when Waukon Police conducted a welfare check. 

According to court documents, officers had to force entry into the home and discovered Jami dead with “extensive injuries to her face.” Investigators said an empty handgun case and several fired .22 caliber cartridge casings were also found in the home. It’s believed she was killed on January 21st, the last day family members say they heard from Jami.

On January 23rd, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Kasemeier in Loveland, Colorado, and found a .22 (caliber) revolver in his car, believed to be the murder weapon.

An Allamakee County warrant for his official arrest in Waukon was executed Wednesday (02.24) at the Allamakee County Jail. He is being held without bond.

Thursday (02.15), Allamakee County Attorney Anthony Gericke requested medical records for Jami Kasemeier from January 1, 2012 through January 21, 2024, as evidence of continual domestic abuse by Brandon Kasemeier, believed to be relevant and essential to investigating and prosecuting the case.

Also on Thursday, the Dubuque Public Defender’s office was assigned as Kasemeier’s legal counsel, but they were allowed to withdraw a few hours later due to caseload and staffing issues and the Waterloo Public Defender’s office has been assigned to represent him.

Kasemeier is scheduled for his initial court appearance in Allamakee County District Court this Friday (02.23) and a bond review hearing is slated for February 26th.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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