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Trial of Man Accused of Killing State Trooper Changing Location

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing an Iowa state trooper will be moved out of Grundy County, but the new location has not yet been decided.

Attorneys for 42-year-old Michael Thomas Lang argued the trial should be moved because it would be difficult to find an unbiased jury in Grundy County. Lang is charged with murder and two other counts in the April death of State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith of Independence.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported prosecutors did not object to moving the trial. During a court hearing Wednesday, prosecutors argued against a defense motion to have a separate trial on a charge of assault on a peace officer. A judge took that issue under advisement.

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