Man convicted of 1976 murder in Keokuk dies at ISP

FORT MADISON – According to officials with the Iowa Department of Corrections, a 66-year-old man convicted of murder in a 1976 Keokuk shooting died Monday at Iowa State Penitentiary.

Ular Lee Winfun was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 6:57 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021 in a hospice room at the prison.

Winfun had been serving a life sentence for the crime of Murder 1st Degree and began his sentence on February 4, 1977. 

He was convicted of shooting Morris Green to death on July 31, 1976 in the back of a Keokuk tavern. According to news reports from papers and trial information from the Iowa Supreme Court, the two had been working together on a painting crew and had several disagreements.

According to court documents, Winfun shot Green once upon arrival to the tavern and then shot him five more times before walking to the Keokuk Police Department and turning himself in.

The Iowa Supreme Court rejected a request from Winfun for a new trial in 1978 citing the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction of first-degree murder.

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