McCain pleads not guilty in Keokuk murder case


KEOKUK – A pretrial conference has been set for July 1 in the case of a 25-year-old Fort Madison man charged with fatally stabbing a woman in a mall parking lot in Keokuk on Feb. 4.


Adam Golden McCain submitted a written plea of not guilty to the charge in South Lee County Court on Monday. McCain is charged with stabbing CaLove Sackman, 27, an ex-girlfriend. According to court documents, McCain’s most current address was listed in the 5200 block of River Valley Road in Fort Madison.

District Judge Mary Ann Brown set the conference hearing for 9 a.m. and also set a jury trial date for July 16, also at 9 a.m.

If convicted, he’s facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Lee County Attorney Ross Braden, along with 1st Asst. Jonathan Stensvaag, will be prosecuting the case for the state. Fort Madison public defender Kendra Abfalter and Burlington public defender James Beres have been appointed to represent McCain.

On February 5th, 2019 at approximately 10:27 pm, Keokuk Police Department officers responded to the 300 block of Main Street in the River City Mall parking lot for a female who had been stabbed.

Sackman, of Keokuk, was discovered at the scene and transported by ambulance to Unity Point Hospital in Keokuk, where she died as a result of multiple stab wounds to her torso.

McCain was later stopped by a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy as a possible suspect in a hit-and-run in Keokuk sometime after the stabbing occurred. A LeeComm dispatcher realized from the deputy’s stop that McCain was sought in connection with the stabbing, and he was delivered to the Keokuk Police Department.

According to documents, Sackman allegedly told a witness at the scene that McCain was the man who stabbed her.

According to the complaint, McCain and Sackman, had been in a long-term relationship and were arguing when Sackman jumped from McCain’s vehicle in the mall parking lot in the 300 block of Main Street.

After being taken into custody, McCain allegedly told authorities that he was driving Sackman around in his vehicle and became upset with her and then she jumped from the vehicle.

McCain then allegedly told officers he got out of the vehicle and stabbed Sackman once and she was able to get away from him. But then he got back into his vehicle drove over to her and stabbed her repeatedly before leaving the scene.

Braden said those circumstances would indicate premeditation, one of the hurdles of a first-degree murder conviction. McCain is currently in the Lee County Jail on a $1 million cash-only bond.

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