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Murder Suspect Name Released

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 9:52 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel


The Washington County Attorney has released the name of the suspect charged in the death of a woman from Riverside. Washington County Attorney Larry Brock says 70 year old Thomas Lee Hansen of Riverside has been arrested and charged with murder in the first degree which is a Class A felony. At 3:43 yesterday afternoon, the Washington County Safety Center received a call of a person shot at 1355 Deer Run Drive south and east of Riverside.

The female fatally shot has been identified as 54 year old Sharon Kay Gerot of Riverside. She was pronounced dead at 4:04 yesterday afternoon.

An autopsy will be conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s office.  Brock says bond was set today for Hansen at $2 million cash only.  He notes a criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the person charged is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Those responding to the scene were the Washington County Sheriff, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Washington Police Department and Riverside Fire Department. KCII will bring you more information as it becomes official.