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Purk murder trial begins Monday in Toledo

November 2, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The 1st degree murder re-trial of Tait Otis Purk, 51, is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 6, in Tama County District Court in Toledo.

Judge Ian K. Thornhill is hearing the case.

Purk was convicted of 1st degree murder of his fiance Cora Ann Okonski, then age 23, in the year 2000. An Iowa County Jury returned the verdict which was later thrown out by the presiding judge, Mitchell E. Turner.

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Tait Otis Purk

Okonski vanished in mid-April, 2000. Neither she nor her body has ever been located.



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