2 men charged with murder; police say body was concealed, burned at homeless camp

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DES MOINES — The Des Moines Police Department has charged two people in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Marshal Johnson, whose body was found at a homeless camp earlier this month.

Detectives have charged 46-year-old Yancy Freland and 26-year-old Bryan Norris. Since July 26, detectives have learned that Norris shot Johnson in the head, then Freland shot Johnson in the torso. According to officials, Norris then cut Johnson’s neck with a sharp object. Police say the body was wrapped in plastic and partially buried. Over the next days, the two men attempted to burn his remains.

“We had a lot of very detailed information that this incident had occurred, and where it occurred,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department. “It was from there that we went down there and discovered the crime scene. The evidence.”

Freland has been in custody of the Iowa Department of Correction since August 23.

Norris has been in custody since September 13 after an officer-involved shooting at homeless camp just south of Terrace Hill.

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