NEWTON, Iowa – The 1st degree murder trial of a Charles City man has been delayed for a third time.
Randy Louis Linderman, 53, is accused of killing Jose Luis C. Ramirez Barber, whose body was found in rural Jasper County on March 6, 2017. Authorities say the cause of death of blunt force trauma to the head and that DNA found on Barber’s body matches Linderman.
Investigators say Linderman said he knew Barber and had been to his home a couple dozen times.
Linderman pleaded not guilty in July 2017 and his trial was scheduled to begin in October 2017. It was then continued to March 2018, pushed back again to July 2018, and is now set to start on November 5. The prosecution asked for this latest postponement because the State Medical Examiner will be out of the country.
Linderman has also filed notice that he intends to present evidence of an alibi at his trial. Linderman says a representative of Sukup Manufacturing will testify that on March 6, when he is alleged to have killed Barber, Linderman was in Sheffield applying for a job.