Pretrial discusses status of Dykstra trial

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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A former Iowa City man's second-degree-murder trial will begin Oct. 24, according to a pretrial conference held Thursday at the Johnson County Courthouse.

Assistant County Attorney Anne Lahey and defense attorney Leon Spies, who is representing defendant Brian Dysktra, met with 6th District Judge Patrick Grady in chambers to discuss details of the upcoming trial. Both parties agreed on an estimated trial time of eight days, and neither side foresaw any scheduling conflicts.

Parties also discussed specifics of how technological issues would be dealt with, especially in reference to the handling of redacted footage, which caused a mistrial in the Charles Thompson homicide trial in September.

Dykstra, who listened in on the pretrial conference via speaker phone, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his 20-month-old adopted child, who died of head trauma while under his care in 2005.

— by Eric Moore

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