Jury returns verdict in first-degree murder trial

A Marshalltown man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the smothering death of local woman Rebecca Hall.

A Marshall County jury returned the verdict after deliberating for three hours.

Mathew Irving, 40, was charged with first-degree murder after Hall’s body was discovered in an abandoned van east of Marshalltown on July 14, 2013.

Read more in Wednesday’s Times-Republican.