http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/trial-date-set-for-father-in-child-death-case/article_2b5f108e-d18e-52a3-831d-a8439fc46094.htmlTrial has been set for January for a former Alta Vista man accused of killing his infant son.
Trial for Zachary Paul Koehn, 28, has been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 3 in Chickasaw County District Court in New Hampton.
Koehn is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death. Also charged is the child’s mother, 20-year-old Cheyanne Renae Harris. A trial date hasn’t been set in her case.
That is an outstanding idea!I foresee one of these two idiots withdrawing the not guilty plea just to get a deal against the other idiot. Once they realize how there is no way they are winning in court they are both going to blame the other for the horrible death of this baby boy.
I say we just strap them into large swings and leave them there starving and soiled until they decide to tell the truth of how they really treated this baby.
http://www.kcci.com/article/murder-trial-delayed-for-mom-in-death-of-maggot-infested-baby/15914132Jan 29, 2018
A trial has been delayed for a northeast Iowa woman whose dead 4-month-old son was found in an infant swing, his body infested with maggots.
The delay in the trial of 20-year-old Cheyanne Harris came at the request of her lawyer, who wanted more time to prepare the defense case.
The trial had been scheduled to begin Wednesday. The judge set a new trial starting date of June 11 in New Hampton.
Harris and the baby's father, Zachary Koehn, have pleaded not guilty to charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn. Koehn's trial is set to begin March 28.
Authorities say deputies and medics called to the couple's Alta Vista apartment on Aug. 30 found Sterling dead in the swing.
I saw the movie when it first came out & had no idea that scene was coming. My firstborn was only 2 years old then so it hit me like a punch to the gut.holy shit I wish I hadn't googled what that meant then clicked on the video for that scene. Lesson learned, don't google shit you say and don't watch trainspotting!
For my nickel, voluntary intoxication is not a defense. At all. For starters, it would invalidate DUI statutes across the length and breadth of the country.A northern Iowa mom may use intoxication as a defense at trial
Iowa does not have the DP.I hope he gets life or the DP
Grasping at straws for some kinda of pity/mercy, i hope they don't get any. doesn't make sense to me why they think it would make a difference since they both say that they had gone a week or more without doing drug before, during, and after the baby swung dyeing. (i started to type laid dyeing but that wouldn't be true)For my nickel, voluntary intoxication is not a defense. At all. For starters, it would invalidate DUI statutes across the length and breadth of the country.
Iowa does not have the DP.
Why shouldn't she get the same punishment?.l hope he gets life or the DP and she gets at least 35 years so neither can reproduce again.
I know that feeling... I went to the movies and saw Fresh (1994), I was already sick when they killed a kid about 10yo over drugs or money he lost but after the main young child hung the dog by his leash from the fire escape cus the mom wouldn't let him keep it... I said fuck this shit and walked out literally.I saw the movie when it first came out & had no idea that scene was coming. My firstborn was only 2 years old then so it hit me like a punch to the gut.
I hope he gets life or the DP and she gets at least 35 years so neither can reproduce again.
But being an addict is a disease not a choiceI guess I must be confused....
I was under the impression that diminished capacity due to drug/alcohol use simply isn’t a defense. Maybe “blame drugs” worked back in the day, hence the fact that this defense exists, but now?
I hope she tells the judge this, straightfaced “it’s not my fault your honor, it’s that dirty, evil meth that killed my baby. I’m just a victim!!”
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2018/10/29/white-jury-pool-challenged-before-latino-man-trial-infant-death-maggot-infested/1813067002/A judge has rejected a challenge to a jury pool for a man charged in the death of his infant son.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Judge Richard Stochl ruled Monday there weren't systematic problems with how the pool was assembled and that it was a representative cross-section of Henry County.
Lawyers had objected to the potential makeup of the jury for Zachary Koehn, who is charged with murder and child endangerment. Police say officers found the maggot-infested body of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn in an infant swing on Aug. 30 last year.
Koehn's trial was moved to Mount Pleasant in Henry County because of pretrial publicity in Chickasaw County.
Defense attorney Steven Drahozal asked the court last week to reconsider the jury pool because of an under-representation of Hispanic people. Drahozal says Koehn has a Hispanic background and is entitled to a jury drawn from a cross-section of the community.
https://apnews.com/060b82ad3f8a4575bc1bafe80745b8c7A prosecutor in the trial of an Iowa father whose infant son was found dead and maggot-infested in a baby swing last year has told a jury the child “died of diaper rash.”
Assistant Iowa Attorney General Coleman McAllister told jurors Tuesday that 4-month-old Sterling Koehn had been in the same diaper for nine to 14 days when his body was found in the swing Aug. 30, 2017, at his parents’ home.
The baby’s father, 29-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn, is charged with murder and child endangerment. The boy’s mother, Cheyanne Harris, is also charged and faces a separate trial at a later date.
McAllister said Tuesday in opening statements that the baby’s heavily soiled diaper had attracted bugs that had laid eggs, which had hatched into maggots. The resulting diaper rash led to ruptured skin, and e.Coli bacteria set in.
“He died of diaper rash. That’s right, diaper rash,” McAllister said.
A coroner’s report showed the baby died of malnutrition, dehydration and the infection.
In opening statements Tuesday, Koehn’s attorney said the baby’s death was a tragedy, but not a crime.
Nurse and county rescue squad EMT Toni Friedrich testified Tuesday that she was the first to arrive at the apartment after Koehn called 911 to report the baby had died. Friedrich said Koehn showed no emotion when he led her to the dark, hot bedroom where the baby’s body was.
The baby’s “eyes were open, and it was a blank stare,” she said.
Friedrich said when she touched the baby’s chest, his clothing was crusty. When she moved his blanket, gnats flew up, she said.