Judge seals report on Iowa investigator’s firing

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says an internal report detailing the firing of Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent Larry Hedlund will not be disclosed during a murder case in which Hedlund is a key witness.

Judge Kurt Wilke ruled Friday that the report has no information that defense lawyers could use to discredit Hedlund during the first-degree murder trial of Derrick McElroy.

McElroy is charged with shooting 19-year-old Brandyn Preston in the neck at a party in Fort Dodge in May 2011, leaving him paralyzed. Preston died in January 2012. Hedlund oversaw an investigation that led to McElroy’s arrest.

Hedlund’s firing was at the center of a scandal that roiled Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration last year. He was removed from duty days after pursuing the governor’s speeding state SUV. Hedlund claims retaliation.

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