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Trial moved in Chickasaw County baby 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.

Judge rules man cannot get a fair trial because of publicity.

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 5:01 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2018 5:02 PM

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — The trial of an Iowa father charged in the death of his infant son will be moved from Chickasaw County to Henry County.

A judge on Thursday ordered the change of venue after defense attorneys for 28-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn argued he couldn't get a fair trial in Chickasaw County because of pretrial publicity.


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

The trial will be held in the Henry County Courthouse in Mount Pleasant, about 50 miles south of Iowa City. Koehn's trial is set for Oct. 29.

Police say officers found the maggot-infested body of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn in an infant swing.

Koehn and the baby's mother, Cheyanne Harris, have pleaded not guilty to murder and related charges. They're having separate trials.

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