Final arrest made in February downtown shooting

Roy Michael Garza, Jr.

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – According to Fort Madison police, a 34-year-old man is now in Lee County Jail on a charge of attempt to commit murder.

Roy Michael Garza, Jr., was taken into custody Wednesday night after surrendering to Lee County Sheriff’s deputies at the sheriff’s office.

He had an initial court appearance Thursday morning and is being held on a $200,000 cash only bond.

Garza was wanted in connection with the downtown shootings that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 7, in the 800 block of Avenue G. No one was injured in the melee outside Jus’ Try It, but several windows on the block were damaged by bullets and three men were eventually arrested for their roles in the shootings.

Garza has retained Keokuk attorney Curt Dial and a preliminary hearing has been tentatively set for July 2. Attempted murder is a Class B Felony in Iowa, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Tommy Dwayne Ross, 43, and Darius Lee Porter, 32, of Burlington have already been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

Ross was charged with carrying weapons, reckless use of a firearm, and being a felon in control of a firearm. Porter is facing charges of aiding and abetting attempted murder.

Ross posted a $15,000 bond and was released after pleading not guilty to the charges. He is represented by Justin Stonerook out of Burlington. His tentative trial date has been set for July 13th at 9 a.m. in North Lee County Court.

Porter is represented by Scott Schroeder of Burlington and has posted a $50,000 bond and is currently released pending his trial scheduled to begin on Aug. 23, 2021.

Ross was arrested shortly after the incident by Des Moines County Sheriff’s deputies as he fled up Hwy. 61 toward Burlington after the incident, and was charged with OWI.

Porter was arrested on April 2 at Catfish Bend Casino by Burlington Police and transported to Lee County Jail.

Police investigators said no additional arrests stemming from the incident are expected.

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