Officials still unclear how NL man died in custody


Investigators are still unclear how a North Liberty man, sentenced to decades in jail for trying to organize hits on a business associate, the associate’s family, and witnesses at his first trial, died in custody.

KGAN TV reports that an autopsy for Justin DeWitt was completed by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office Monday after dying in custody on February 7th.

Dewitt was arrested after being accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a former business associate, his wife and their two children in 2016. While incarcerated in the Muscatine County Jail, authorities say he tried to hire another hit man to murder three witnesses in the original case.

Dewitt was sentenced to 35 years in prison in the first case and another 50 for the second., and was sent to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

The Medical Examiner’s Office says they will need to complete toxicology, neuropathy and other tests to determine DeWitt’s cause of death.