Spirit Lake man pleads not guilty to murder charge

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder for the death of a Minnesota woman.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1cCSS3w ) that 21-year-old Tailer Handsaker filed the written plea Friday in Dickinson County District Court. A trial date has not been set.

Handsaker is accused of killing 36-year-old Sarah Grimmius, of Jackson, Minn., on Dec. 5 at his home.

Police found Grimmius’ body while responding to a Dec. 7 call about a woman who was unresponsive. Authorities have not said how Grimmius was killed or how she and Hansaker knew each other.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Handsaker would face a mandatory life prison sentence.

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

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