Benton Wingrove
Benton Wingrove
April 9, 2013

The 27-year-old Dow City man who allegedly fired a handgun more than a dozen times at a car and killed its driver last month served four years in the U.S. Army Reserves and was deployed once to Iraq, military officials confirmed this week.

Benton Wingrove faces a first-degree murder charge for the March 16 shooting death of Adam Lary, 29, also of Dow City. Wingrove pleaded not guilty of the charge on Monday. He faces life in prison if convicted.

The men reportedly argued at the bar Cheers and left the bar to fight about 1 a.m.

Wingrove called 911 at about 1:40 a.m. to report that he shot at a car that swerved at him, court records show. Investigators found 15 spent shell casings from Wingrove's .40-caliber handgun near the intersection of Maple and School streets ­- less than a block from Lary's house.

Lary's parents, Ron and Pat Lary, told the Daily Times Herald that 10 bullets struck the car.

Adam Lary died from a single gunshot to the chest. His car crashed into a house.

Wingrove joined the Army Reserves when he was 18. He served from May 2004 to September 2008 and achieved the rank of specialist, said Capt. Tim Irvin, a spokesman for the Reserves.

Wingrove was a petroleum supply specialist, a job to oversee the transportation of fuel and water from storage to soldiers, according to the Army's website. Wingrove served in Iraq from November 2005 to October 2006, and he was last assigned to the 960th Quartermaster Company in Sioux City.

Irvin declined because of privacy laws to say whether Wingrove was honorably discharged. He said a typical length of service in the Reserves is six years.

Wingrove obtained a permit to openly carry a handgun in public in November 2011, according to the Crawford County sheriff's office.

Soldiers who are honorably discharged from service do not need to take another training class to obtain the weapons permit in Iowa. Wingrove took the class, sheriff's officials said.

No trial date has been set for Wingrove's murder charge. He is held in the Crawford County jail on $1 million bond.