Attempted murder suspect back in jail

State Center man allegedly violated no-contact order; was out on bond awaiting trial in March

STATE CENTER — The State Center man accused of trying to kill his father last fall is back in jail.

According to State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn, Brian Wayne Wengert, 45, allegedly violated a no-contact order when he made contact with his mother at local convenience store earlier this week, with a store employee and video surveillance verifying the claim.

Bunn arrested Wengert late Thursday and on Friday in Marshall County District Court, a judge ordered Wengert to be held at the Marshall County Jail without bond.

Back on Oct. 21, 2017, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brian Wengert after a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy found Wengert’s father, 70, lying in the yard of their State Center residence suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Randy Wengert was transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown, and later moved to a trauma unit at a Des Moines hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. He is now back home, Bunn said.

After initially tending to the the elder Wengert and calling for medical personnel, deputies entered the residence to check on the welfare of Randy Wengert’s wife and their son, Brian. The officers removed Mrs. Wengert out of the residence and detained the son, following a brief struggle.

Following the execution of a search warrant at the residence, authorities found a large knife believed to have been used in the assault as well as methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.

Brian Wengert was subsequently charged with attempted murder, obstruction of emergency communications, domestic assault with a weapon and possession of methamphetamine. He had been out on bond awaiting trial, which is slated for 9 a.m. March 20 at the Marshall County Courthouse. A pre-trial conference is tentatively set for 9 a.m. March 9.

A date has yet to be set for Wengert’s contempt hearing.


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