Iowan pleads not guilty to murder charge


May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – An October murder trial has been scheduled for a central Iowa man accused of fatally shooting an apartment neighbor. The Des Moines Register says Brandon Madren, of Adel, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and reckless use of a firearm causing injury. He’s charged with killing 26-year-old Nathan Greene on Feb. 18th.  Court documents say the rifle shot that killed Greene was fired from a third-story apartment window. Police say Madren told officers that he’d only intended to scare Greene.  Madren told police that Greene tried to kick down his apartment door, then left the building and was standing on Madren’s car in the parking lot. Madren says Greene was threatening him when Madren fired, hitting Greene in the chest.  Madren remains in the Dallas County jail on $500,000 bond.