Central City Driver Accused of Killing Bicyclist Takes Plea Deal

A Central City woman accused of running over and killing a bicyclist has taken a plea deal.

Melinda Lawrence took the deal before jury selection was set to begin Monday in Cedar Rapids. She pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while intoxicated, as well as other charges. Her murder charge was dropped.

The agreement calls for her sentences to run consecutively for a total of forty years.

Authorities say Lawrence drove over Jeffrey Scott on his bicycle on August 30, 2018, in a Central City parking lot. A court document says a friend of Scott told investigators Lawrence had been stalking Scott.


story courtesy of Associated Press