Mapel enters guilty plea for role in 2023 FD shooting

1 killed, 1 injured in downtown gunfire last May

A Fort Dodge teenager has pleaded guilty to reduced charges for her role in a 2023 shooting in downtown that killed one man and injured another, according to court records.

Haydin R. Mapel, 17, was initially charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder and aiding and abetting attempted murder.

However, she recently pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact. Her sentencing hearing has been scheduled for June 3. She will face a sentence of up to two years in prison.

In her written guilty plea, Mapel admitted that she was driving a vehicle from which Davonquae Pettigrew, of Fort Dodge, fired a gun. She also acknowledged driving Pettigrew from the scene and later helping to get him to a location where someone else picked him up and took him out of Fort Dodge.

Pettigrew has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He will be sentenced on June 7 in Webster County District Court.

He was initially charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Patrick Walker, 18, was killed in the May 2, 2023, shooting. Silas Hall, 20, was injured.

At 7:11 p.m. that day, police and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the 100 block of North 10th Street for a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Walker was found laying on the sidewalk there and was pronounced dead at the scene.

While police were responding to North 10th Street, they received a report of a man with a gunshot wound in the emergency room at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. That man was Hall and police quickly determined that Hall and Walker were shot in the same incident.

Mapel was arrested on May 4, 2023.

Because she was 16 at the time of the shooting, her attorney attempted to get her case transferred to juvenile court. That effort was unsuccessful.

Eventually, an agreement was reached in which she would plead guilty to accessory after the fact and the original charges against her would be dropped.

“I was driving a vehicle when my passenger, D. J. Pettigrew, intentionally discharged a firearm from the moving vehicle at a person on the sidewalk,” Mapel wrote in her guilty plea.

She wrote that she drove him to her house so that he could change clothes. She wrote that she then helped to get Pettigrew to another house, where someone picked him up and took him out of Fort Dodge.

Pettigrew was arrested in Davenport on May 29, 2023.


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