Justin Marshall murder trial reset for May

Justin Marshall murder trial reset for May
Trial has been reset and a new timeline established in an Iowa City man’s murder trial.
Court records show Judge Sean McPartland last week set a new trial date of May 22 for 25-year-old Justin Marshall. At the same time, McPartland also set a hearing on a motion to suppress for April 14 and a pre-trial conference has been scheduled for May 12.
Both McPartland and the Johnson County Attorney’s Office wanted trial to start on March 13, only agreeing to move trial from Johnson County to Scott County if that date was maintained. But McPartland agreed to delay trial earlier this month when Marshall decided he wanted to dismiss his counsel and represent himself at trial.
Marshall is accused of shooting to death 64-year-old John Versypt at an apartment complex on Broadway Street in October 2009. Police say Marshall shot Versypt, who was landlord at the complex, during a botched robbery attempt.
Marshall had been convicted in the case in 2013 but an appeals court, and later the Iowa Supreme Court, ruled a confession he gave to a fellow inmate was inadmissible because the inmate was working on behalf of prosecutors.

He is charged with 1st Degree Murder, a class A felony carrying a mandatory sentence of life in prison. He remains in the Johnson County Jail on $1 million bond.
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