Man convicted of killing wife becomes 15th Iowa prison inmate with COVID-19 to die
A man convicted of killing his wife in 2003 became the 15th Iowa prison inmate with COVID-19 to died.
Harold Arthur Duncan, 89, died at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday from complications from COVID-19 and other pre-existing medical conditions, according to a Department of Corrections news release. Duncan was in a hospice room at the Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville at the time his death, according to the news release.
A Clay County jury found Duncan guilty of first-degree murder after his wife Karen Duncan's 2003 death, according to Sioux City NBC-affiliate KTIV.
Harold Duncan shot his wife in their motorhome in January 2003, prosecutors said at the time. Karen Duncan was found shot once in the front of her body and once in her back. Harold Duncan was found with a serious face wound but was found alive at the time.
Duncan admitted during his 2004 trial to attempting to shoot himself after shooting his wife, according to KTIV. He was convicted and started his sentence on Jan. 13, 2004.
Two correctional officers have also died from COVID-19, union officials said previously. The first staff member died Nov. 16 and worked at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. On Nov. 28, a staff member at the Clarinda Correctional Facility died, according to the Corrections Department.
More than 4,300 inmates and 653 staff members have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Corrections Department.
Nationwide at least 2,232 prisoners and 162 prison staff members have died from COVID-19, according to non-profit criminal justice news outlet The Marshall Project.
Iowa DOC inmates who have died of COVID-19 complications
- Mark Bailey, 63, Fort Madison.
- Timothy Christopher Bryant, 59, Anamosa.
- Gene Edward Dryer, 72, Clarinda.
- Harold Arthur Duncan, 89, Coralville.
- Jessie Gonzales, 67, Fort Dodge.
- Ronald Eugene Holdsworth, 62, Fort Dodge.
- Frederick William Lewis, 68, Anamosa.
- Timothy Louis McGhee Jr., 48, Fort Dodge.
- Richard Leroy Peters, 77, Coralville.
- Robert William Sirovy, 62, Anamosa.
- Jonathan William Strain, 59, Anamosa.
- David Streets, 70, Anamosa.
- Ray Allen Vanlengen, 71, Fort Dodge.
- Dale Viers, 58, Fort Madison.
- Larry Whaley, 64, Anamosa.
Source: Iowa Department of Corrections, as of Jan. 27, 2021