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Bond reduced for Iowa man charged in woman's death

WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has reduced the bond for a Riverside man charged with killing his girlfriend while she was mowing the lawn.

KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids reports a judge lowered Thomas Hansen's cash-only bond from $2 million to $1.4 million. Online court records show the order was filed Aug. 26.

The 70-year-old Hansen, a retired Johnson County official, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Sharon Gerot in May. Hansen's trial is set for Jan. 24 in Washington County District Court. He remained jailed Tuesday.

Hansen is accused of shooting Gerot while she was riding a lawn mower in their backyard.

Hansen retired as Johnson County's emergency management coordinator in 2007. Before that, he worked for the Iowa City fire department.

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