2nd-degree murder trial set for May

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 05, 2009 7:20 AM

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Former Iowa City man Brian Dykstra’s trial has been moved to May 2010.

The 33-year-old is charged with second-degree murder after his 20-month-old adopted child died from head trauma incurred while under Dykstra’s care.

On Aug. 13, 2005, an emergency telephone call was placed at Dykstra’s residence, but the caller hung up, according to police records. An Iowa City police dispacher called the residence back, and Dykstra said he thought his 20-month-old adopted child was having “a little seizure.”

Emergency vehicles were sent to his home and transported the child to the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The child was found to have “massive brain swelling” and bruises covering his body.

Dykstra’s lawyer filed in August to continue the trial.

— by Scott Raynor

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