This is one of the strangest stories to come out of deepest darkest Iowa that I just have to share it with the world. It concerns a real whodunit.
It seems that last year Justin Pollard, a 22 year old man from Iowa, was charged with intentionally running over and killing Annamarie Rittman, a 46 year old Altoona woman. The homicide, if that is what we're talking about, occurred in the predawn hours of a December morning in 2005 in the parking lot of a home improvement store where Rittman worked.
As you might expect there were cameras watching. There always are.
Some grainy security camera tapes were produced of a pretty new red Ford F-150 pickup cruising through the lot at the time in question. Soon the hunt was on for red Ford pickups, and apparently there was enough on the security camera video to identify the truck as Pollard's because of some stickers in the back window. At least that's what they say.
Pollard has been in the Polk County Jail since March of 2006 while the case has worked its way through all the pretrial maneuvering. He has no previous criminal history, and was a military policeman with a National Guard unit in Scott County.
What's curious about this case is that Pollard has absolutely no connection with Rittman that has been disclosed in the press, although there have been unsubstantiated rumors centering on drug money owed by Rittman or her husband.
Pollard seems a most unlikely enforcer.
The trial is now set for June 4, 2007 in Polk County, and if circumstances permit I shall attend. I've never sat in a murder trial or watched Mr. Alfredo Parrish do his stuff, so this ought to be high drama indeed.