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Court documents: Murder suspect had victim’s blood on his clothing

The murder suspect in Des Moines’ third homicide of 2019 allegedly shot the victim multiple times before taking his car and initially lying to law enforce...
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The murder suspect in Des Moines’ third homicide of 2019 allegedly shot the victim multiple times before taking his car and initially lying to law enforcement. 

19-year-old Larontez Buchanan had been in custody with the Iowa Department of Corrections on unrelated charges, but was transported to the Polk County Jail last week.

A criminal complaint states that shortly before 1 a.m. on March 9, Buchanan killed 25-year-old Darryn Brooks by shooting him with a firearm multiple times in the 1000 block of 11th Street in Des Moines. 

“Through the investigation the defendant was identified and detained for questioning,” the complaint reads. “The defendant initially lied by stating he was dropped off by the victim, however, ultimately identified himself as being present during the murder.”

Buchanan was charged with Murder in the First Degree in late April.

According to the complaint, Buchanan admitted to taking Brooks’ vehicle and money after the shooting and discarding the keys.

“Forensic evidence indicated that the defendant did have the victim’s blood on his clothing,” the complaint continues. “And it was learned that the defendant did change clothes immediately after the murder.”

Buchanan is currently being held at the Polk County Jail on a $1 million cash-only bond.