MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has agreed to move the trial out of Charles City for a man charged with killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl in 2005.
District Judge Gregg Rosenbladt on Wednesday granted a motion by Casey Frederiksen's defense to change the venue for his first-degree murder trial in the death of Evelyn Miller of Floyd.
KIMT-TV reports that Frederiksen's attorney argued that pretrial publicity in the area was making it difficult for his client to receive a fair trial. The ruling means the trial, scheduled to begin Oct. 28, will take place about 90 miles away in Webster City.Frederiksen was charged in the 7-year-old case last September, when he was already serving time in federal prison on child pornography charges. Frederiksen was the live-in boyfriend of the girl's mother.