Jury convicts Eagle Grove man in shooting deaths of 2 men

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Webster County jury has convicted an Eagle Grove man in the 2020 shooting deaths of two men during a celebration of life gathering.

The jury on Wednesday found Michael J. Shivers, 56, guilty in the June 16, 2020, deaths of Jamael Cox, 25, and Tyrone Cunningham, 47, both of Fort Dodge.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the shooting happened about 4:45 a.m. after people had gathered at a home to celebrate the life of a woman.

Prosecutors say the party became tense and that Shivers fired a rifle toward another man, causing others who were armed to begin shooting.

Cox and Cunningham were caught in a crossfire and died. Two women were wounded but survived.

Shivers will be sentenced Dec. 13.

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