The two inmates charged with killing two staff members at the Anamosa State Penitentiary March 23 appeared in court two days later—their first court appearance stemming from the incident.
Michael Dutcher, 28, and Thomas Woodard, 39, were each charged March 24. Special Agent in Charge Rick Rahr, heading up the investigation for the Division of Criminal Investigation, announced charges of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of correctional officer Robert McFarland and Registered Nurse Lorena Schulte, one count of attempted murder for injuries suffered by inmate McKinley Roby and kidnapping in the second degree for holding penitentiary staff member Lorie Matthes against her will during the incident. The details of the incident were included in an affidavit filed with the charges.
No bond was set for either, and the next appearance, a preliminary hearing, was set for April 5, according to court documents. Both Woodard and Dutcher were moved to Fort Madison.
If convicted on the murder charges, Woodard and Dutcher face a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Before the attack, Dutcher was at the facility after being sentenced to 50 years for two counts robbery in the first degree, robbery in the second degree, ongoing criminal conduct—criminal network and prohibited acts. He had been at the penitentiary since May 14, 2015, and was scheduled to be released April 18, 2057. Woodard was at the facility for robbery in the first degree and burglary in the first degree. He was sentenced to 25 years and arrived Jan. 13, 2017, with an anticipated release date of March 10, 2029.