The trial of a Pella woman facing a 1st degree murder charge in the May 2020 stabbing death of an Ottumwa woman is now underway. 56 year old Michelle Boat of Pella faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted in the death of 46 year old Tracy Mondabaugh of Ottumwa.
It is alleged that the victim was the girlfriend of Boat’s estranged husband at the time of the killing. Authorities responding to the incident found Mondabaugh with multiple stab wounds, slumped inside her vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
Investigators were able to obtain surveillance footage of the area and were able to observe who they believe is Boat following the victim just minutes prior to the attack.