DUBUQUE, Iowa — A judge has granted a defense request to move a man’s homicide trial out of Dubuque County.

Twenty-one-year-old Helmon Betwell already has pleaded not guilty to murder, sexual assault and burglary charges. He’s accused of attacking 66-year-old Nancy Krapfl on Sept. 1, 2015, as she was walking in Dubuque.

Betwell’s attorneys had said in their motion for a change of venue that extensive media coverage of the case harmed his chances of having a fair trial in Dubuque County. The judge agreed in an order signed Friday.

Where the trial will be held has not yet been determined.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.