Cold case murder suspect wants case thrown out

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A Henry County man accused of killing his wife has asked a judge to dismiss the case entirely, or at the very least, suppress some of the incriminating evidence.

Michael Lee Syperda, 52, is facing a First-Degree Murder charge for the death of his 22-year-old wife.

Elizabeth Syperda of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, went missing in July 2000. She hasn't been seen since that time, nor has her body ever been recovered.

Michael Syperda was living in Colorado when a grand jury returned the indictment last fall.

The trial is slated to begin on May 1, 2018, but recent filings by the defense suggest that Syperda believes he shouldn't be tried at all.

On April 11, the defense asked the court to suppress evidence resulting from a search warrant served on Syperda's residence in September 2000.

The defense argues that rumor and suspicion aren't enough to establish probable cause.

Last week, the defense filed a second motion, this time to dismiss the case completely, arguing the information in the November indictment isn't sufficient to sustain a First-Degree Murder charge.

A judge is expected to address all the outstanding issues at pre-trial hearing next week.

Syperda remains in custody.

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