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OTTUMWA — Court filings shed more light on the case against two Ottumwa men accused by police of drug trafficking.

David Lemley, 57, and Hector Iglesias-Tobar, 33, both face charges of possessing more than five grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. Iglesias-Tobar also faces a charge of carrying weapons.

The criminal complaints filed in the cases show law enforcement searched multiple locations, including the defendants’ vehicles and residences. In Lemley’s case the search also included a storage building he uses.

While the charges are the same, the filings suggest Lemley was in possession of far more methamphetamine. The complaint against Iglesias-Tobar says only that he was in possession of more than five grams of methamphetamine, the requirement for the charge he faces. Investigators said Lemley “was found to be in possession of over 644 grams of ice methamphetamine.”

Both men have pleaded not guilty and have had a public defender appointed.

In other area cases:

A hearing on a report to determine Preston Martin’s fitness to stand trial will take place Dec. 2. Martin is accused of first-degree murder, burglary and robbery. The defense sought an evaluation of Martin, saying he could not coherently speak with his attorneys or address critical issues in the case. The prosecution did not object to the assessment.

Kelsie Thomas, the Ottumwa woman accused of killing her young daughter, will go on trial early next year. Thomas’ trial was scheduled to begin Dec. 10, but a continuance has pushed that back to Feb. 11, 2020. The delay was requested by the defense, which cited the need to get an expert to testify about the state medical examiner’s findings.

The court has issued an arrest warrant for Jack Capps, who faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, impersonating a police officer, possession of methamphetamine and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Court filings show Capps was granted pretrial release after apparently suffering a seizure during a court hearing. In a filing seeking revocation of his release, prosecutors said discussions with authorities in Iowa and Illinois suggested Capps has used similar techniques to gain more lenient treatment in the past, and that he may be a suspect in a Henry County case.

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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