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UPDATE: Accused Killer in Court

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - A man charged with murdering a Waterloo woman made his first appearance in court this morning.

Police arrested Shaun Hogan yesterday after they made the connection between him and a woman found dead Wednesday in the middle of a rural road near walker.

Hogan wasn't the only one in court. Crystal Gaffney's uncle showed up as well.

He says he came to see if the man police say took Crystal's life had any remorse and he got his answer.

John Maynard, Crystal Gaffney's uncle recalls the first time he met Shaun Hogan.

"He has this act about him, he is very polite and acts like Mr. Innocent type individual but it's an act," said Maynard.

That supposed act disappeared in court Friday morning.

As court officials read the charges against Hogan, the look on his face was unmistakable: a smile, then a smirk.

"You know how that makes a person feel? He had no remorse for my niece's death," Maynard said.

Maynard says Hogan and Gaffney were in a relationship for about a year and a half, but things were bumpy even while they lived in California.

"I've contacted the law enforcement before. I've had to contact the law enforcement in Sacramento California. Because Crystal was scared of him," Maynard said.

He says, Crystal had a tough childhood, but kept taking Hogan back.

"She's 29 years old. You can't say if you go see them I'm going to spank you. It doesn't work that way," but after the most recent break up, "they were involved in a court situation. They were scheduled to be in a court hearing on the 10th unfortunately Crystal never made it," he said.

Her body was discovered in the middle of a rural road near walker. Hogan was nowhere to be found.

Police issued an amber alert for Gaffney's three daughters including one she had with Hogan Wednesday night.

They eventually found the girls an hour later and arrested Hogan Thursday afternoon.

"Got a lot of emotions flying. I just want to make sure he gets what he gets," Maynard said.

He also wants people to remember his niece as a good mother who loved her children.

"Crystal was a good person. She didn't deserve to die. Especially the way she went."

The judge set a one million dollar bond based on Hogan's previous offenses.

A preliminary hearing was also set for July 21st.

If eventually convicted Hogan would spend the rest of his life in prison.

He remains in the Linn County Jail. Hogan has several previous charges including kidnapping, willful injury, and child endangerment.

Both the Linn County Sheriff's Office and the state DCI say they will continue their investigations.
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