Officers in eastern Iowa have taken in and accused a man of murdering his wife, who was an experienced administrator at the University of Iowa system.
Roy Carl Browning Jr., 67, will be facing charges of first-degree murder, court records reveal, in connection to the death of JoEllen Browning, who was employed for the university’s health care system for well over four decades. JoEllen Browning, 65, passed away in April with multiple stab wounds.
Browning had been the head of operating finances and a worker at the University of Iowa Health Care since 1977.
Around 7 am on April 5, Iowa City police officers were sent to Browning’s house for a reported “zero response from a female.”.
Autopsy analysis from the Johnson County Medical Examiner concluded that Browning’s death was a homicide and that she suffered from stab wounds, which caused her death. Situated on the east side of town, JoEllen Browning and Roy Browning also own the home.
Authorities revealed to the Iowa City Press-Citizen that they undertook over 100 interviews as part of the investigation. Roy Browning’s charges were put up on Monday afternoon, court records reveal. Roy Browning Jr. informed the Iowa City police at about 7 am that day. He told that JoEllen was not responding to her bedroom.
This is seen in a criminal complaint issued in Johnson County. She was stabbed in the front and back of her torso and on the part of it as well. Her death was ruled a murder.
Investigators found zero evidence of coerced entry into the residence. However, there was blood in the main bedroom and wash, court records said.
A sample was collected from JoEllen Browning’s front nail that contained DNA from Roy Browning Jr. on her finger, which was enough to take him in custody.