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Dubuque attempted murder trial delayed until November

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The attempted murder trial for Eddie Chest has been delayed until November.

Chest, 71, who is accused of shooting a Dubuque Police officer, was scheduled to face trial on October 4.  The trial is now scheduled to begin on November 30.

Chest and his son, Eddie Adams, are accused of the armed robbery of Knicker's Saloon in downtown Dubuque and the subsequent shooting of Dubuque Police Lieutenant Scott Baxter in December 2009.

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.

A psychologist testified in June that Eddie Chest has a below average IQ.  The psychologist says Chest did not understand his confession would be held against him in court.

Chest's attorney says the confession should be suppressed.


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