WATERLOO — Bond on Saturday was increased to $2 million for a Waterloo man accused of breaking an apartment maintenance worker’s neck, which led to his death.
Martavis Tayshon Wise, 27, already was being held on a $1 million cash or surety bond for the original charge of willful injury causing serious injury. With the charge upgraded to second-degree murder Friday, another $1 million cash or surety bond has been added.
Prosecutors requested the additional bond amount during a brief Saturday morning court hearing.
“I think the request from the state is reasonable,” Black Hawk County Magistrate Andrew Abbott said at the hearing.
Wise was also initially charged for going armed with intent and assault while participating in a felony while armed with a dangerous weapon as a habitual offender. He has remained in jail since his arrest June 13.
Second-degree murder carries a sentence of 50 years in prison upon conviction.
Investigators allege Wise punched and kicked 72-year-old Johannes Rodenburgh and struck him with a child’s bike outside the West Mullan Avenue apartment complex where Rodenburgh worked June 13.
Rodenburgh suffered a broken neck and died at Covenant Medical Center on June 19.
The attack was captured on surveillance video. It shows Wise kicking in a door to an apartment his girlfriend had leased, according to court records. Rodenburgh then approached Wise, and a moments later Wise began striking Rodenburgh, knocking him to the ground and continuing the attack, records state.
According to obituary information, Rodenburgh was born in the Netherlands and graduated from high school in Sioux Center and then studied at a technical college. He served in the U.S. Navy and later worked in a Sioux City appliance business before becoming a self-employed repairman.