Attempted murder case to be tried in Marshalltown


A Des Moines man being held in Marshall County Jail will face trial next month on two counts of attempted murder, possession of a controlled substance and other felony charges.

Korki Ricoh Wilbourn, 32, is scheduled to be tried by a jury Dec. 3 and 4 in Marshall County District Court.

On Sept. 4, Wilbourn allegedly struck the back of a woman’s head, pulled her hair and fired a gun, according to statements made at his initial appearance.

Wilbourn is also charged with going armed with intent.

He was jailed and ordered held on $100,000 cash-only bond for the attempted murder and other related charges.

Wilbourn had been previously convicted of attempted murder in Memphis, Tenn., and was in prison until 2013 according to court documents.

Bond Reduction Hearing

Last week a bond review hearing was held and requested by Wilbourn’s attorney, public defender Ted Fisher of Marshalltown, according to court documents.

He asked the court bond be lowered to not more than $50,000 cash or surety, but also requested the court consider releasing Wilbourn on pretrial supervision terms and conditions without the need of posting cash bond.

Wilbourn, who read from a prepared statement, said he been employed in Marshalltown since 2013. He reported owning his home in Des Moines and is the father of five children with a sixth on the way.

Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller resisted Wilbourn’s request, citing his extensive criminal record and recommended bond be increased to $250,000 cash only. She said Wilbourn had been charged with additional charges which were not pending at the time bond was first set.

The court ruled bond would remain at $100,000 cash only. The seriousness of the alleged crimes and Wilbourn’s previous imprisonment for similar crimes convinced the court the safety of the community and the safety of the alleged victim required the high cash bond to remain.

Other Charges

While in Marshall County Jail, Wilbourn was later charged with intent to manufacture/deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, a controlled substance violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Those charges stemmed from a search warrant obtained to check Wilbourn’s vehicle used in Marshall County during the attempted murder incident.

No one else had control of the vehicle other than Wilbourn, who under Miranda, admitted the containers were his and under his control.

In the center console was a grinder with residue of cannabis and two silicone containers. These containers had substance/residue known as DAB or WAX. This substance is a manufactured form of leaf cannabis.

Wilbourn was in control of his vehicle when stopped by Polk County deputies in reference to the attempted murder, and the car was impounded by Polk county on Sept. 4 in a secure location at their impound.


Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com