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Ashlee Louise Klepfer
Courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff's Office

Police Arrest Wife Of Murder Suspect Fatally Shot During Standoff

A second suspect has been arrested in connection to a murder case. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit arrested and charged 40-year-old Ashlee Louise Klepfer of Ostwalt Amity Road, Troutman, who is the wife of the suspect who was shot and killed late last week, 39-year-old Justin Michael Strawser of Cleveland, N.C. WHKY previously reported on the incident, which occurred Saturday (March 9).

The murder victims were identified as  22-year-old Eduardo Cordova of Mooresville and 24-year-old Caleb Loper of Lincolnton. The victims were found at a residence on Home Drive in Mooresville. The standoff that resulted in Strawser being fatally shot by officers occurred at a residence on Ostwalt Amity Road.

Homicide Investigators obtained evidence in the case, which determined Klepfer had some involvement by aiding her husband after the homicides were committed. Investigators also determined Klepfer allowed four juveniles inside her home to have access to firearms during the standoff.

On Tuesday, (March 12) Homicide Investigators obtained arrest warrants for Klepfer, charging her with multiple offenses including felony counts of accessory after the fact, possession of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to sell or deliver meth, five counts of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and four counts of failure to secure firearms from a minor.

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team deputies found Klepfer and arrested her during a traffic stop in Statesville. Also, in the vehicle with Klepfer was a 15-year-old male juvenile who was found in possession of a loaded handgun and methamphetamine. The juvenile was also taken into custody, and a secure custody order was issued by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Klepfer was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was initially incarcerated without bond. Bond has since been set at $1,050,000 secured. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday (March 13).