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Dykstra trial: judge rules autopsy photos will not be shown

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 27, 2011 7:20 AM

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Photos from the autopsy of a child who died while under the care of a former Iowa City man will not be shown in court after a 6th District judge's ruling Wednesday.

Brian Dykstra, 35, who is charged with the second-degree murder of his adopted son, objected to having pictures of the child's autopsy shown in court. Defense attorney Leon Spies said a doctor testified at a previous hearing that "the autopsy photographs are not relevant to the determination of the injuries" and are "more prejudicial than appropriate."

Several medical officials called by the defense also testified Wednesday at the Johnson County Courthouse, discussing the details of the child's injuries and death.

More doctors and other medical officials will continue to testify today.

— by Eric Moore


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