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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 12, 2009 7:27 AM

Kehoe trial delayed

A Buchanan County judge granted a motion to delay the first-degree murder trial of Michelle Kehoe, the Coralville woman accused of killing one of her sons and injuring another, court records show.
The trial had been scheduled to begin March 18. A new date hasn’t been set. A hearing is set for April 14.

Kehoe, 35, is accused of killing Seth Kehoe, 2, and seriously injuring 7-year-old Sean Kehoe.
According to police reports, Michelle Kehoe and her sons were reported missing by her husband the evening of Oct. 26, 2008. The next day, she visited a Littleton, Iowa, residence and told the occupants her children were in danger, police said.

Later that morning, officers found Seth Kehoe dead and Sean Kehoe severely injured in the family’s minivan.

Kehoe was charged Nov. 15 with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and child endangerment causing serious injury.

She pleaded not guilty on Nov. 26.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Woman charged with burglary, theft

UI police arrested one of the people allegedly responsible for roughly 50 car burglaries in Iowa City last November.

Shawnasee Hoffman, 23, of Marion, was charged Tuesday with third-degree burglary, second-degree theft, aiding and abetting, and first-degree criminal mischief.

According to UI police, Hoffman admitted she helped two men break into the cars in parking ramps at the Lodge apartments and UI Hospitals and Clinic.

The vehicles’ windows at both locations were shattered and items had been taken from the vehicles, police reports show. Damage was valued at more than $10,000 total.

Hoffman’s charges range from an aggravated misdemeanor to a Class C felony, punishable by between two years in prison to 10 years in prison and fines between $5,000 and $10,000.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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