Who is Christopher Eugene Prichard? Iowa man fatally shoots wife, 55, after argument at kennel store

Who is Christopher Eugene Prichard? Iowa man fatally shoots wife, 55, after argument at kennel store
Christopher Eugene Prichard (L) charged with first-degree murder of his estranged wife Angela Prichard (R) (Jackson County Iowa Police Department and Go Fund Me)

JACKSON COUNTY, IOWA: An Iowa man has been accused of shooting his estranged wife to death at the woman's dog kennel store earlier this month. Iowa District Court of Jackson County has charged Christopher E Prichard, 56, with the first-degree murder of Angela Prichard, 55, on Thursday, October 13. Christopher's bond has been set at $1 million and if found guilty of killing, he would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Angela was found dead from a gunshot wound when deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call at the Mississippi Ridge Boarding Kennels, 1821 US Highway 52 in Bellevue, at 7:49 am on Saturday morning, October 8, as per the arrest affidavit. Angela reportedly had a no-contact order against her estranged husband, that was still in effect at the time of her death.

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During the investigation, Christopher admitted to the officers that he had carried a 20-gauge shotgun to the store because he was upset about the no-contact order. He further confessed to killing her after an argument broke out between them. Christopher was detained early on Sunday morning in a remote Jackson County residence on suspicion of breaking the no-contact order. His next court hearing is set for Thursday, October 20. 

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Who is Christopher Eugene Prichard?

Meanwhile, according to KPVI, Christopher also has a number of cases pending in Jackson County District Court as a result of recent legal issues. Electronic records from the Jackson County District Court show that he was accused of first-degree theft following a June 4, 2019, inquiry. Prichard had been employed as an electrician by Murphy Construction Group, LLC where he made up several of his own invoices and gave them to the customers. He then had the customers hand over the checks to him instead of Murphy Construction. The money that was meant to go to Murphy Construction was then taken by Christopher.

There were reportedly a total of $36,050 in canceled checks with Christopher's name on them. He attempted to enter a plea of guilty to the first-degree theft accusation on July 8 in Jackson County District Court. The state had recommended two years of probation and had suspended the 10-year jail term for the Class C felony. On April 18, Christopher was additionally charged with one count of domestic abuse assault-first offense for hurting Angela. The case's trial date was set for November 29.

Meanwhile, Angela’s obituary mentions her as an animal lover. “Angie had a love for animals, especially her five huskies; Mishka, Indy, Zakari, Timber, and Charlie. She operated the Mississippi Ridge Boarding Kennels where she treated every animal like they were her own,” read the obituary, adding that “She was the most caring, kind-hearted, and loving mom, grandma, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend anyone could ever ask for.  She was taken before anyone could say goodbye, and will be forever loved and missed."

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