A man police say was from Boone was charged last week for first-degree murder, alleging that he intentionally shot another man in the head after a brief struggle, according to court documents
Leigh Lepon, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Devlin Lockman, of Ames, who died on Dec. 20, 2013 of injuries from a single gunshot wound to his face. Although initially classified as an accidental shooting, according to court records, an investigation into the death began almost immediately after the incident occurred.
According to the document, officers were called to Lockman’s home at 4810 Westbend Drive in Ames on Dec. 20, 2013, for a report of “a male that had shot himself.” Upon arrival, officers found the victim with a gunshot wound to his face along with three other individuals, including Lepon. Lepon told officers that Lockman was intoxicated, had been waving a gun around and had shot himself in his face by accident.
Lepon and another individual – a female he was in a relationship with – were brought to the police department for questioning that night and released.
Less than two weeks later, officers were called to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames for a report of an alleged domestic assault involving the female that had previously been questioned about the events of that evening. In talking with officers, the witness stated that she had not been truthful during her initial interviews regarding the incident “as she was in fear for her life,” Detective Lovig noted in the search warrant application.
The witness alleged that Lepon had shot Lockman in his face following a brief struggle over a gun. According to the complaint and affidavit filed in the case, the witness stated that they “observed the defendant pick up a handgun, heard him manipulate the gun and then watched the defendant approach the victim who was seated on a couch. The victim and the defendant engaged in a brief struggled for the gun. The defendant pressed the gun in to the victim’s face and then shot the victim.”
Authorities say they were called to a home on Westbend Drive on December 20, 2013 at around 10:30 p.m.