Trial for Williamsburg man accused in young girl’s death delayed by several months

Trial for Williamsburg man accused in young girl’s death delayed by several months
KCJJ Staff
06/12/18

Trial has been delayed by several months for a Williamsburg man accused of killing his girlfriend’s young daughter.

Court records show Judge Christopher Bruns last week approved the defense’s request for a continuance in the trial of Cody Stevenson, 30, moving trial to January 22. It had been scheduled to start next month. Defense attorney Rachel Antonuccio earlier in the week waived her client’s right to a speedy trial to allow for the delay.

Stevenson is accused of hitting the two-year-old girl in the stomach at least three times on June 30, 2017. The girl was taken to a hospital but died from her injuries a few days later.

Stevenson allegedly admitted to hitting the girl during a police interview but that confession may not be allowed as evidence, with Antonuccio arguing in motions filed two weeks ago Stevenson didn’t understand his rights and that he didn’t have to talk to police.

A psychologist testified last month Stevenson has the mental age of a 14-year-old and said he couldn’t remember being read his Miranda Rights. The psychologist also said Stevenson didn’t understand the consequences of talking to police.

A judge has not yet ruled on whether Stevenson’s testimony will be allowed at trial.

Stevenson is charged with 1st Degree Murder and faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. Trial has been moved to Linn County due to pretrial publicity.