CLOSINGS: View Closings

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.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
21° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 15°
Feels Like: 21°
Albert Lea
Clear
19° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 19°
Austin
Clear
18° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 14°
Feels Like: 18°
Charles City
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 18°
Rochester
Clear
23° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 23°
Sunny skies, overnight fog, and above average temps on the way for the weekend.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Prep basketball highlights across Southern Minnesota

Image

Prep basketball highlights across North Iowa

Image

Prep basketball highlights across Southern Minnesota

Image

48 Hours Preview: Find Jodi

Image

Helping Single Mothers

Image

Local officer receives CIT Officer of the Year Award

Image

Students on public buses

Image

North Iowa Humane Society receives large donation

Image

Friday Evening's StormTeam 3 Forecast

Image

KIMT News at 6 "A" Block Dec. 14, 2018

Community Events