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Iowa man accused of murdering his own father

LIVINGSTON, IOWA – An Iowa man was reportedly found dead in his front yard, and cops say the son is to blame, charging him with murder.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has filed criminal charges in the murder investigation of Leonard Earl Chatman, of Livingston, Iowa.

On December 1, 2021, Lynnie Ray Chatman, who is the son of the deceased, Leonard Earl Chatman, was charged with Capital Murder and booked into the Polk County Jail under a $1,000,000.00 bond. He is also currently being held on additional unrelated charges from both Polk County and Chambers County.

Brooke Ashley Cormier, of Orange, Texas, has also been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Tampering with Evidence, in the murder investigation of Leonard Earl Chatman. At this time, no bond has been set on Cormier’s charges. Cormier is also being held on additional unrelated charges from Chambers County.

Sheriff Lyons would also like to express a special thank you to the Texas Rangers Office, US Marshals Task Force, Polk County District Attorney’s Office and the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, for all of their resources and assistance. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was able to bring justice to the family and friends in the death of Mr. Leonard Earl Chatman, who was reportedly found deceased in his yard, leading to the investigation.

Brooke Ashley Cormier (left) and Lynnie Ray Chatman
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