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Matz objects to uncle's statement at murder sentencing

Defense attorney says it would be "highly inflammatory."

Posted: Jul. 20, 2018 7:07 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – Codie Matz is scheduled to be sentenced Monday for killing his grandparents, but he’s trying to stop his uncle from speaking at the hearing.

The 25-year-old Mason City man pleaded guilty to two counts of 1st degree murder for the November 2017 deaths of Kenneth and Kathleen Hackbart, who were found stabbed to death in their Mason City home. In entering his guilty plea, Matz told the court he wanted to be held accountable for his actions.

On Thursday, Matz’ attorney filed a motion to exclude a victim impact statement from Marv Hackbart, Kenneth’s brother, at sentencing. The motion calls Hackbart’s statement “highly inflammatory” and says it “includes allegations of unproven crimes or other facts outside the record.”

Written copies of such statements are filed with the court before sentencing.

On Friday, the Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office filed a motion arguing Hackbart’s statement should be read aloud when Matz is sentenced Monday.

No ruling on the matter has been filed yet.

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