An Iowa man has been charged with first-degree murder in a 1990 assault that already sent him to prison once.
Hiram Serrano, Sr., served 13 years in prison for attempted murder for assaulting Theresa Jackson, the mother of two of his children. Prosecutors say he forced his way into her Muscatine home after they broke up, slashed her throat and stomped on her neck.
The assault left Jackson a quadriplegic until she died in October at age 43.
Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren said Thursday his office consulted with the medical examiner, who determined Jackson died of complications from the attack. He says the law is clear that Serrano can be charged with murder, even though he's already been convicted of lesser charges.
Serrano is being jailed on $500,000 bond.