Trial date set for man accused of murdering son

Jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2018.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 11:10 AM
Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 11:12 AM
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Alta Vista, Iowa – A pretrial conference and jury trial have been scheduled in Chickasaw County for a man facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of his son.
According to court documents, Zachary Koehn, accused of leaving his four-month-old son Sterling to die due to neglect, will face a pretrial conference Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. and a jury trial beginning Jan. 3, 2018, at 9 a.m.
Koehn and Cheyanne Harris entered written not guilty pleas last week. A trial date for Harris has not been determined.
Their baby, Sterling, was found deceased in his infant swing Aug. 30 in the apartments on Hilltop Ave. in Alta Vista.
The criminal complaint states the body was found to have maggots in various stages of development in the baby’s clothing and on his skin.
The study of the maggots’ growth indicated the child hadn’t had a diaper change, bath or been removed from the swing in over a week.
The investigation indicated the parents’ account of the death was inconsistent with the findings of the autopsy and investigation.
“The cause of death was a failure to provide critical care,” the complaint states. “The facts of this case go far beyond neglect and show circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life.”

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