3 people, including 16-year-old Omahan, charged in slaying of Council Bluffs man

3 people, including 16-year-old Omahan, charged in slaying of Council Bluffs man
This online notice listed Xavier Smith-Catchings, who has been charged with first-degree murder.

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Three people, including a 16-year-old from Omaha, have been charged in the slaying of a Council Bluffs man.

Xavier Smith-Catchings, 16, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the January death of Adam Angeroth, 38. Angeroth’s body was discovered in his apartment at 35 N. First St. on Jan. 24.

An autopsy confirmed evidence of foul play in Angeroth’s death, including blunt-force trauma and knife wounds, Bluffs police said.

Smith-Catchings is being held in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs. According to court records, Smith-Catchings was 15 at the time authorities say Angeroth died.

Detectives also have obtained first-degree murder warrants for Liam Stec, 21, of Omaha, and Nicholas Haner, 20, of Harlan, Iowa. Stec has been in the Douglas County Jail since late January after he was charged with theft by receiving a stolen vehicle.

Haner’s whereabouts are unknown, Bluffs police said. Anyone with information about where he might be is asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at 712-328-STOP or to call 911 if someone sees him.

Smith-Catchings also has been charged in Douglas County Juvenile Court with several crimes on Oct. 31, 2018. He is accused of two felony offenses and five misdemeanors.

The felony offenses are robbery and recklessly operating motor vehicle to avoid arrest. The misdemeanor charges are leaving the scene of property damage accident, unlawful possession of a concealable firearm by a minor, colliding with a fixed object, criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespass.

Smith-Catchings was arrested Nov. 1. He signed an extradition waiver to Pottawattamie County on Feb. 21.

A hearing regarding the Douglas County charges against Smith-Catchings is scheduled for March 29.

Mike Bell of the World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.

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