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Lisa Boss arrested for first degree murder

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Lisa Boss
Lisa Marie Boss, 34, wife of Donald L. Boss Jr., both of Remsen, was arrested around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 on three charges:

* Murder first degree, a Class A felony;

* Kidnapping first degree, a Class A felony; and,

* Felony child endangerment, a Class C felony.

All three charges refer to acts allegedly done to Timothy Boss on, or about, Feb. 23, 2000. The murder and kidnapping complaints filed Tuesday at the Plymouth County Courthouse accuse Lisa Boss of acting "jointly with Donald Boss Jr." Kidnapping, as specified on the arrest documents, refers to confining a person and intending to inflict serious injury.

Donald Boss was convicted Dec. 12 in Plymouth County District Court of first degree murder in the death of their adopted son Timothy, who died at age 10. Donald Boss was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole, the only sentence possible under Iowa law for Class A felonies such as first degree murder.

Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo announced during a press conference late Tuesday afternoon that the arrest of Lisa Boss was made in Sioux City by two deputies of the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office with Special Agent Terry Cowman of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation. The three warrants gave Lisa Boss' address as 2106 Grandview Apt. C-2, Sioux City. Van Otterloo said he would make no comment on anything said by Boss at the arrest.

"We came to the conclusion today that these are the appropriate charges and requested arrest warrants for her," Van Otterloo said.

By about 4 p.m. she was held at the Plymouth County Jail and the sheriff said he expected she would stay there until further court action. The original bail was set at a total of $510,000. At her initial appearance, Judge Robert Dull lowered that amount to $250,000 total cash bond.

The sheriff said he would make no comment on whether Donald Boss would be helping in the case against his wife. When asked if Donald Boss was aware of the impending arrest, Van Otterloo responded, "Not to my knowledge." The prisoner had already been taken to the Oakdale Classification Center before starting his imprisonment with the Iowa Department of Corrections . The mother of Timothy Boss had been held since mid-January 2002 under a court order as a material witness in the case against Donald Boss Jr. Due to inadequate space at the Plymouth County Jail, Lisa Boss was kept at the O'Brien County Jail for some weeks. Then she was placed with the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in Sioux City and monitored by an electronic device alerting the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office if her location changed. In late August, Lisa Boss became a patient on the psychiatric treatment floor at Mercy Medical Center--Sioux City. At that time, CSADV told the court another location would be needed to monitor Lisa Boss, citing limited volunteer and staff resources. She was next placed by the court with the SafeBridge Program in Sioux City.

Although Lisa Boss was listed as a defense witness, she was not called as a witness in the three-week trial of her husband and was not present in the courtroom. "There's no way of knowing how long the case will take," explained Darin J. Raymond, Plymouth County attorney. He said he hoped it would be less than the 11 months for Donald Boss to be convicted.

"We are starting from zero and saying, 'Here is the evidence. How do we corroborate it? What charge does it lead us to? It's not about our best guess. It's about our best case.'"

Van Otterloo said the Sheriff's Office coordinates when possible with the Iowa Department of Human Services and it might be possible for Boss' children to visit her. Arrangements had been made for some of the older children to visit their father. Roman Boss, 12, testified at Donald's trial, but has been living in a residential facility in Michigan. The other children have been in foster care in northwest Iowa and have visited Lisa Boss at her previous locations.

Wednesday morning, Judge Dull re-appointed Robert Sikma as legal representation for Lisa Boss. He had served in that capacity in the later part of her time as a material witness. Her preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 at the courthouse unless a "True Information" document is filed prior to that time.

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