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Opening Statements begin Wednesday in trial of Dunkerton Mayor


An eastern Iowa mayor accused of overstepping his authority will have his day in court. Opening statements in the trial of Dunkerton Mayor Mike Schares and his nephew Thomas Adamson will begin Wednesday morning.

They are charged with interference with official acts and harassment of a public official. These charges stem from a much publicized December traffic stop. The prosecution and defense are both asking for items to be left out of the trial. The defense would like to keep the amount of video viewed from the dash cam to a minimum.

Officer Robert Roquet says Michael Schares and his nephew Thomas Adamson interfered when he pulled over Adamson's wife for allegedly speeding in December.

During the hearing this afternoon Schares attorney Michael Bandy asked that the trial stay narrowly focused. He asked that only a 38 second interaction at the traffic stop between Officer Roquet and Mayor Schares be used. He says all other interviews and recordings are irrelevant.

The prosecution disagrees. Assistant County Attorney Brian Williams says additional video taken after Roquet was supposedly fired as well as interviews conducted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff's office have value in this case. The judge agreed and said the evidence will be allowed.

Schares' attorney then asked for past interactions between Schares and Roquet to be allowed to show what kind of history the two had together.

Assistant County Attorney Williams asked for a couple of items that would call into question Officer Roquet's credibility to be left out of the trial. That will be decided Wednesday morning during a hearing before the trial reconvenes.

Opening statements begin Wednesday morning at 9:00.

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