Not Guilty Plea Entered In Palo Alto County Murder Case

Sun 9-6-2020

(Emmetsburg)-- A Lake Park man has pled not guilty in the death of a Washington, Iowa man who's body was recovered earlier this summer from a Palo Alto county lake. 

29-year-old Allan Schwidder of Emmetsburg was arrested in Lake Park and was charged with 1st degree murder in the case. He entered the plea Friday in Palo Alto County District Court. A pre-trial conference for Schwidder is set for November 13th, 2020 in Palo Alto County District Court.

The body of 27-year-old Rollin Bontrager of Washington, Iowa was found July 22nd in Virgin Lake near Ruthven.

Schwidder is accused in a criminal complaint of using a pair of bolt cutters to kill Bontrager. An autopsy report indicated Bontrager died of multiple trauma as a result.