New trial set for former north Iowa lawman

Ellenbecker, Thaddeus John 10-24-2011

MASON CITY, Iowa – The retrial of a former Forest City police officer has been set for October 29.

Thaddeus Ellenbecker was convicted in 2012 of setting fire to the Forest City Police Station and stealing a weapon from a fellow officer.  The Iowa Court of Appeals reversed that conviction this past May, ruling that Ellenbecker had been questioned by law enforcement without being advised of his Miranda rights.

At a Tuesday hearing in Floyd County, a second trial on the charges was scheduled.  Ellenbecker is currently free after paying $6,000 in bail.

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