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2 homicide trials rescheduled

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 30, 2010 7:30 AM

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Two Iowa City men accused of murder in unrelated incidents have filed to have their trials reset, and one motion was granted Thursday.

Eric Scott Osborn, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend, Sarah McKay, whom he allegedly killed after a night of drinking and drugs.

On Thursday, Osborn — who had a large scar across his neck from when he reportedly attempted to injure himself — appeared in court with his attorneys Ed Leff and Quint Meyerdirk.

His trial is now set to begin on Nov. 1 with a pretrial conference scheduled for Oct. 21. He was originally set to go to trial on May 10.

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

Assistant Johnson County prosecutor Anne Lahey said the large number of doctors and expert witnesses was the reason for the rescheduling. The trial’s date will be determined at a later conference, she said.

— by Sam Lane

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