ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF HARLAN MAN
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested today in connection with the death of 39-year-old Jay Anthony Casali. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 20-year-old Colton Edward Benson-Blaine has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder.
During the early morning hours of Saturday, March 5th, Benson-Blaine and Casali were involved in an altercation inside a Harlan residence. Casali was transported to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan where he received treatment for his injuries. On the evening of Sunday, March 6th, Casali was found deceased inside a different Harlan residence.
An autopsy was conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office and it was determined that the injuries inflicted by Benson-Blaine were a contributing factor in Casali’s death.