CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man who prosecutors said stabbed a Cedar Rapids man to death in retaliation for a theft from a drug dealer was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder.
Drew Blahnik was also convicted of obstructing prosecution and abuse of a corpse in the death of Chris Bagley, 31, in December 2018.
Prosecutors said Blahnik killed Bagley at a mobile home outside Cedar Rapids and then buried his body, which was found in the backyard of a Cedar Rapids home in March 2019.
Investigators say Blahnik stabbed Bagley in retaliation for his robbery of a large-scale marijuana trafficker.
The defense acknowledged during the trial that Blahnik stabbed Bagley but said it was in self defense after Bagley waved a gun during a fight, KCRG-TV reported.
Another man, Drew Wagner, pleaded guilty in June 2020 to voluntary manslaughter in Bagley's death.
And Andy Shaw is serving an eight-year sentence for drug crimes connected to Bagley’s death.