John Wayne Jeffery was shot to death late
Tuesday night, May 29, 1990, while sitting
inside his 1970 Chevy Chevelle outside Leo’s
Lounge, an east-side tavern in Des Moines.
Patrons of the lounge heard a gunshot that
night, and although one person went out and spotted Jeffery
inside his vehicle, didn’t realize Jeffery had been shot and
assumed he was sleeping. Police weren’t notified until the
following morning when the bar’s owner stopped by the tavern with some supplies and found Jeffery dead in his car.