Former Fort Dodge Man Faces First Degree Murder Charge

A former Fort Dodge resident found guilty of purposely setting fire to a place in Waterloo is now preparing to stand trial for first degree murder.

60 year old John Spooner was found guilty in November 2022 of purposefully starting a fire that killed Waterloo man Tony Grider.

Waterloo Police say Spooner admitted details of the crime to others on scene. Video footage showed him carrying a gas can and lighter near the home when the fire started.

According to court documents, Spooner is scheduled for a final pretrial conference next week and his jury trial is scheduled to begin May 9th.

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