Cherokee man pleads not guilty to attempted murder

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in connection with an attack last month.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1g0aeds ) 34-year-old Joseph Kosiba entered his written plea Monday in Cherokee County District Court.

Kosiba is charged with two counts of attempted murder and other charges including first-degree burglary and willful injury resulting in bodily injury.

Court documents say Kosiba had a claw hammer when he kicked in a woman’s door on Nov. 12. Kosiba is accused of chasing the woman through her home, before she locked herself and her child inside a bathroom. Police say Kosiba hit a man with the hammer after he was confronted inside the home.

The newspaper reports a trial date has not been set.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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