Stolen Purse Lead to CR Murder

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - The woman shot and killed in Cedar Rapids last week confronted her alleged killer about stealing her purse just before the shooting, according to court records.

Zackary Ildefonso, 24 of Cedar Rapids, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, trafficking stolen weapons and having a firearm as a felon. Police say he shot Heidi Stephens, 33 of Cedar Rapids during an argument Monday, November 20 near the intersection of 2nd Ave and 15th Street SE.

A criminal complaint says Stephens confronted Ildefonso that night about stealing her purse the night before. The complaint says Ildefonso then fired several shots at both Stephens and another man, who was not wounded. Stephens died over the weekend after being taken off life support for organ donation, according to her family.

Police say a tip led them to arrest Ildefonso on Friday. Police say they also found a stolen revolver that Ildefonso admitted using to shoot Stephens. Ildefonso told police he shot because he thought the other man had a knife.

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