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2 charged with murder, staging suicide in 2019 Cedar Rapids homicide

The victim was found dead with an air pistol place in his lap, police said
Credit: Cedar Rapids Police Department

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Two people are in custody in a Cedar Rapids man's death that authorities say was staged to look like a suicide. 

Police say 44-year-old Randal Joseph Campbell was found dead June 21, 2019, with an air rifle positioned on his lap and torso. 

Investigators determined the scene was staged to appear to be a suicide. 

Twenty-eight-year-old Joshua Conklin was charged with second-degree murder and obstructing justice in Campbell's death. 

He was transferred to the Linn County jail on Friday to face the charges. Campbell's niece, Felisha Campbell, was dating Conklin at the time of his death. She is accused of conspiring with Conklin to obstruct the investigation.