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Benjamin Bravo Gonzalez

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A Mason City man accused of murder filed a written plea of not guilty and waived his right to a speedy trial in district court on Monday.

Benjamin Bravo Gonzalez, 39, faces first-degree murder charges for his alleged role in the shooting death of 36-year-old Michael Creviston last month, according to court filings. 

Witnesses say Gonzalez shot Creviston the night of March 31 near the intersection of North Jefferson Avenue and Third Street Northwest, during an argument between the two men. Creviston was transported to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

Authorities say Gonzalez fled the scene and evaded capture for nearly a week.

Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals said Gonzalez had been tracked down by the Department of Criminal Investigation in Kossuth County, where he was ultimately apprehended by Algona police. 

Pals said Gonzalez was spotted by an officer on April 6, and was arrested after an hours-long standoff in which Gonzalez barricaded himself in the attached garage of a residence. No one was injured.

A trial date has been set for July 13; however, Mason City public defender Parker Thirnbeck, who is representing Gonzalez, filed a motion Tuesday, asking for an alternative start date, citing a scheduling conflict.

The court has not yet answered the motion. Gonzalez remains jailed in Cerro Gordo County on $1 million bail.

Lisa Grouette is a Photographer and Reporter for the Globe Gazette. You can reach her at 641-421-0525 or lisa.grouette@globegazette.comFollow Lisa on Twitter @LisaGrouette

This article originally ran on globegazette.com.

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