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Murder charge for body found in rural Floyd County in 2017

Armando Adame III

Federal convict accused of shooting a man in the head with a shotgun.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2019 4:23 PM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 6:59 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa – A murder charge has been filed more than a year after a body was found in rural Floyd County.
Armando Adame III, of Waterloo, is accused of 1st-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Michael Bruce Johns.
Johns was reported missing to the Grundy Center Police Department on Oct. 26, 2017. An investigation indicated foul play was involved in Johns’ disappearance. A body was then near 290th Street and Shadow Avenue in Floyd County on Dec. 1, 2017. The body was identified as Johns and it was determined he was killed by a shotgun blast to the head.
During the investigation, cell phone records indicate Johns, Adame and another person were around the Charles City area at around 6 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2017. At around 6:05 a.m., Johns’ phone records showed the phone being used northeast of Greene. At 6:08 a.m., there was no other outgoing activity from his phone, according to court documents.
Cell phone records for Adame and the other individual showed incoming and outgoing activity on their cell phones between the Charles City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls area after 6:08 a.m.
During an interview with the individual who was with Adame and Johns that night, it was learned there was an argument inside the vehicle in the early-morning hours of Oct. 25, 2017.
“The other individual stated that while they were stopped on a gravel road, Adame pulled Johns out of the vehicle and then shot and killed Johns with a sawed off shotgun,” the complaint states.
Adame was arrested on December 7, 2017, in Black Hawk County on a federal warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty in Cedar Rapids Federal Court on May 10, 2018, and was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. Adame was behind bars when he was charged with Johns’ murder on Tuesday.
This case was a joint investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the Waterloo Police Department, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, the Floyd County Attorney’s Office, the Grundy County Attorney’s Office, and the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office.

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