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OTTUMWA — Filings in the case against one of three people authorities accuse of involvement in last year’s shootout with police said she has reached a plea bargain.

Tiffany McNeal was not accused of firing at officers in August 2018, when police exchanged gunfire with three men near Liberty Elementary School. David White of Fairfield was killed after being hit by officers’ fire. Michael Bibby was wounded and Dalton Cook was captured without being injured.

McNeal was arrested more than a month after those events and charged in connection with the shooting that spurred officers’ arrival in the area. McNeal faces charges of attempted murder, first degree burglary and first degree robbery.

According to the criminal complaint, McNeal drove the men to a home in the 800 block of S. Lillian Street. One man was shot in the robbery, and it was that incident police were responding to. Witnesses said they saw men running along a drainage ditch to get away from the area, headed in the direction of the school.

Judge Crystal Cronk’s order set the plea hearing for July 29.

The trial for Bibby and Cook will not take place this year. Cronk also signed orders in their cases on Monday setting the trials for Jan. 14, 2020. The trials are expected to take six days.

In other area cases:

Avery Schippers’ trial on money laundering charges was set for Nov. 19, 2019.

The Jefferson County court granted Jordan Crawford’s request to have an attorney appointed for his defense against charges connected to a bank robbery.


Managing Editor

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.