Second trial begins in West Liberty homicide case


A second murder trial has begun for a Tipton woman accused of the 1992 killing of her former boyfriend in West Liberty.

The trial began Tuesday in Muscatine for 56-year-old Annette Cahill, who was charged in May 2018 with first-degree murder in the beating death of Corey Lee Wieneke.

Wieneke’s body was found in October 1992 on his bedroom floor in rural West Liberty. A criminal complaint states Cahill made statements a few weeks after Wieneke’s murder indicating she was responsible. They add she also identified the murder weapon – a baseball bat – which only the murderer could have known at the time.

The first trial ended in a mistrial in March 2019 when the jury couldn’t reach a verdict.

Cahill has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege Cahill killed Wieneke because of his involvement with another woman. Wieneke’s body was found by another woman, Jody Hotz, who at the time was described as his fiancée.

Decades after the killing, prosecutors charged Cahill in part because a woman came forward to investigators to say that as a 9-year-old, she overheard Cahill confess to the killing.