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UPDATE: Separate trials for men accused of shooting officer


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- A Dubuque County Judge has ruled Eddie Chest and his son Eddie Adams will have separate trials.  The pair are accused of the armed robbery of Knicker's Saloon in downtown Dubuque and the subsequent shooting of Dubuque Police Lieutenant Scott Baxter.

Both Adams and Chest asked the court for separate trials.  Each man is using different defense strategies.

Adams attorneys are using an alibi defense and say the only evidence the state has against Adams is a taped hospital-bed confession from Chest. 

Judge Monica Ackley ruled the two will have separate trials because Adams was not allowed to confront or question his accuser (chest).  The right to confrontation of accusers falls under the U.S. 6th Amendment. 

Chest's attorneys asked that his two weapons charges including the"Possession of a Firearm as a Convicted Felon" charge be severed from his other charges (robbery and attempted murder).  They say Chest's criminal history would influence a jury's decision-making.  Judge Ackley denied that request.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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