Boat waives preliminary hearing

Michelle Lee Boat (photo courtesy of the DCI)

Accused murder suspect Michelle Lee Boat, age 55 of Pella, has waived her preliminary hearing.

Boat has been charged with first-degree murder in the May 18 death of Ottumwa woman Tracy Mondabough. The two allegedly had a scuffle while Mondabough was inside a vehicle. Mondabough was stabbed in the chest, according to police.

A preliminary hearing was set for May 28. No future court date has been set.

Prior to Mondabough’s death, Boat was accused of allegedly threatening to stab a male to death on April 16, physically assaulting her estranged husband on March 15 and making calls to him in violation of a no contact order on March 31. She was also accused of waiting for him inside her vehicle in the parking lot of his employer on April 16.

Trevor Anderson, Assistant Public Defender with the State’s Special Defense Unit, has entered an appearance as Boat’s representation. In addition to Marion County Attorney Ed Bull and Assistant County Attorney Jared Harmon, Assistant Attorney General Andrew Prosser has entered an appearance as prosecutor as well. Prosser’s appearance indicates he did so at the request of the County Attorney. He was the lead prosecutor in the murder trials of Michael Jamey Miller and Terry Cobbins, Jr.

Boat is being held in the Marion County Jail on a $2 million bond. As with any criminal case, suspects are innocent until proven guilty.