FORT DODGE | A Lake Mills man is said to have snorted meth before committing a double homicide in Mason City in November, testimony revealed Friday.  

An investigator who testified in Peter Veal’s double homicide trial Friday morning described the steps taken to verify the story told by Ron Willis, a witness at the scene who says Veal also tried to kill him.

Chris Calloway, special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said officers traced Willis’ steps from the time he said he encountered Veal on Nov. 16 until the deaths of Melinda Kavars and Caleb Christensen shortly after 2 a.m. Nov. 17 in Mason City.

Willis told law enforcement he and Veal stopped by Kavars’ apartment and had a turkey dinner earlier in the evening. He also said Kavars and Veal snorted methamphetamine there before they all went to Christensen’s house in the 1600 block of North Hampshire Avenue.

Calloway said evidence of both the dinner and drug use were found at Kavars’ apartment.

Calloway also testified that he and another investigator were able to find and talk to a man Veal told Willis he saw earlier in the day.

Willis also told investigators he went through the drive-through at a Mason City liquor store to buy beer the evening of Nov. 16. Calloway said security camera footage shows Willis’ vehicle at the drive-through.

During cross examination, public defender Steven Kloberdanz asked Calloway if he learned about a car that neighbors said they saw coming and going frequently from Christensen’s house.

“We had a good idea of who it was,” Calloway said.

Kloberdanz also asked about a white van that allegedly would come to the house, take Christensen somewhere and then return him.

Calloway said investigators never discovered whose van it was.

He also said evidence of drug use, including a pipe used to smoke controlled substances, was found in Christensen’s garage. He said the evidence was left there.

Calloway said Willis told him about his fears that people were watching him and following him.


FORT DODGE | Testimony from state witnesses resumes this morning in Peter Veal’s double homicide trial.

The jury Friday morning was shown a video shot by drone showing a blood trail from the crime scene to where law enforcement found Veal.

Veal, of Lake Mills, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Melinda Kavars and Caleb Christensen on Nov. 17 in Mason City.

He also is charged with attempted murder for allegedly attempting to shoot an eyewitness, Ron Willis.

The trial was moved to the Webster County Courthouse in Fort Dodge due to pretrial publicity.

 

 

 

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