BEDFORD - Christian Andrew May, 32, of Bedford, was arrested on murder charges on Saturday, June 20, after a 911 call reporting a death.

At about 10:55 p.m. on Saturday, the Taylor County Communications Center received the 911 call from 108 Pearl Street in Bedford, reporting the death. Deputies with the Taylor County Sheriff's Department responded to investigate and on arrival found Penny Sue Godfirnon, 62, of Bedford, had been assaulted with a knife. She was later pronounced deceased.

Authorities identified a male suspect, Christian Andrew May, and he was transported to the Taylor County Jail. He has been charged with first-degree murder, a Class A Felony and willful injury, a Class C Felony.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.