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MASON CITY, IA – Friday, an accused murderer is appearing in court for a motion to continue hearing.
Casey Frederiksen stands accused of murder in the first degree and first degree sexual abuse in the death of 5-year old Evelyn Miller back in 2005.
Currently, he’s been behind bars since September of 2005 serving a sentence on unrelated child pornography and drug charges.
But today, the focus is on the murder and sexual abuse case.
Casey Frederiksen is in court today, all over the scheduling of his trial.
He is making a motion to push the date back.
“Do you agree with waiving one-year speedy trial deadline from Nov 21st 2012,” asked District Court Judge Gregg Rosenbladt.
Frederiksen replied, “Yes, I do your Honor.”
The trial was supposed to start this October in Hamilton County.
But the defense attorney wants more time to prepare the case, so Frederiksen is making the motion to the judge to continue the trial.
“Council I’m given to understand that there’s a volume of discovers that is being completed in this case but I’m sure you’re doing a diligent work at discovery but it is simply that more time is needed to prepare the case is that correct?” asks Judge Rosenbladt.
While there are some benefits to pushing back the trial for the defense team… judge Rosenbladt explains to Frederiksen that there are also possible downfalls.
“The witnesses may be harder to locate in some instances sometimes memories of witnesses fade there’s some drawbacks also to waiving speedy trial, have you discussed all those issues with your attorney?” he says.
The jury trial is set to take place in Webster City in Hamilton County on May 6th of 2014.
The judge also set a pre-trial conference for March 21st of next year; he says he hopes that meeting can take place in Floyd County.
While the trial was supposed to be in Floyd County, it was moved to Hamilton County after a change of venue was granted because of pre-trial publicity.