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Heemstra Ordered to Pay Millions

A nearly decade-long legal battle may finally be coming to an end.

At issue is a $7 million wrongful death lawsuit judgment Rodney Heemstra was ordered to pay to the widow of Tom Lyon.

In 2003, Rodney Heemstra shot and killed Tom Lyon, and then hid his body over a land dispute near Milo.

A jury convicted Heemstra of murder. After the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the case, a new jury convicted Heemstra of voluntary manslaughter.

A few years ago, Lyon's family received a settlement ruling of $5.8 million. With attorney fees and interest, the figure grew closer to $7 million.

Heemstra has been fighting that judgment ever since.

Friday, a judge ordered Heemstra to pay $4,059,667 to Rhonda Lyon in a settlement decision.

Another court proceeding is going on Friday afternoon to determine an additional settlement involving other Heemstra property.

For more information on this case, visit KCCI.com and see the article posted here.