Ottumwa murder trial pushed back until spring

Venhure Yosef Tsegay, 19, will face a Wapello County jury in March 2018./ (Ottumwa Police Department)

The murder trial of an Ottumwa man won't happen until next year.

Venhure Tsegay, 19, was set to face a Wapello County jury on First-Degree Murder charges this week.

However, a defense motion requesting the delay has been granted by District Court Judge Lucy Gamon.

Tsegay's day in court is now set for March 6, 2018.

The trial expected to last 10 days.

Tsegay, a native of Eritrea in Africa, has also been appointed a translator at state expense.

He is being tried for in shooting death of Christian Madueno, 16.

Court records allege that Tsegay and another man robbed Madueno on Nov. 29, 2016.

Prosecutors say Madueno confronted Tsegay later that day about the robbery, and Tsegay shot him.

Madueno died several days later.

Tsegay remains in custody on a $500,000 cash only bond.

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