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Jury pool challenged before Chickasaw Co. man's trial in infant's death

Zachary Koehn and Cheyanne Harris are accused of murder in connection with the death of their son, Sterling Koehn. Zachary Koehn and Cheyanne Harris are accused of murder in connection with the death of their son, Sterling Koehn.

Attorneys for an Iowa father charged in the death of his infant son are challenging the potential makeup of the jury.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2018 1:52 PM

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys for an Iowa father charged in the death of his infant son are challenging the potential makeup of the jury.

Related: More on the 2 Chickasaw Co. murder trials.

Zachary Koehn is charged with murder and child endangerment. Police say officers found the body of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn in an infant swing on Aug. 30 last year at the couple's Alta Vista apartment. The baby's mother, Cheyanne Harris, is having a separate trial. His trial was moved to Henry County because of pretrial publicity in Chickasaw County .
Defense attorney Steven Drahozal asked the court last week to reconsider the jury pool because of an under-representation of Latino or Hispanic people. Drahozal says Koehn has a Hispanic or Latin background and is entitled to a jury drawn from a fair cross-section of the community. The attorney says that of the 82 people who indicated their race on the jury questionnaire, only 2.4 percent marked Hispanic or Latino.

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