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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Crawford County Woman Charged With First-Degree Murder

DENISON, Iowa - Crawford County Deputies who went to conduct a welfare check Sunday night on a man in Dow City, found the man unresponsive and bleeding from a single gunshot wound to his chest/abdomen area. The incident took place in the 500 block of E. Fulton Avenue. Authorities say 46-year old Jeremy Frank, of Dow City, was transported to the Crawford County Memorial Hospital, where he died. According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, his live-in girlfriend, 44-year old Beth Guzman is charged with first-degree murder in the death his death.

Court records say that Guzman admitted to “shooting a handgun numerous times” at Frank after getting into an altercation with him at his work in Denison on Sunday evening. Guzman told police she went home to her residence in Dow City after that altercation, armed herself with a handgun and waited for Frank to come home. When he did arrive at the home they shared, another argument started and Guzman began shooting at Frank, striking him once as he tried to exit the home.

According to authorities, Guzman admitted to where she hid the gun and admitted to altering the crime scene in an attempt to conceal it. Frank was able to make it to his vehicle and drive a short distance before authorities found him unresponsive.

An autopsy on Jeremy Frank is pending at the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny.  An investigation into his death is being conducted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Crawford County Attorney’s Office.

Denison Police Department, Dow City EMS, and Crawford County Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service assisted during the incident investigation. Because it is an ongoing investigation, authorities say no additional details will be released at this time.

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