Suspect in shooting death during Iowa protest refused bond

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man charged with killing a woman during a civil rights protest this summer will not be released on bond, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Parker Belz, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the May 31 death of Italia Marie Kelly in Davenport. He has been held without bond since his arrest in June, The Quad City Times reported.

Kelly, 22, had joined in a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis but was getting into her car to leave when she was shot once in the back.

Belz pleaded not guilty on June 22.

His lawyer, Thomas Gaul, on Tuesday asked for bond to be set at $50,000, citing Belz's lack of felony convictions and history of making court appearances as scheduled, with the exception of one failure-to-appear warrant that was resolved within days.

Assistant Scott County Attorney Robert Bradfield argued against bond, citing the seriousness of the case. He also noted Belz had previous misdemeanor convictions for participating in a riot, assaulting a police officer and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to probation in those cases.