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PREVIOUS: Morrissey appears in court; trial gets continued


Dan Morrissey was in Black Hawk County Court Friday morning for a pre-trial hearing on charges from several separate incidents last year.

The charges include domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of meth-making materials.

On Friday morning, a judge agreed to delay his trial 30 days. Morrissey's lawyer said he is not able to focus due to his missing daughter.

Morrissey admits he has made mistakes in the past, but he says being a loving father wasn't one of them.

"That was daddy's little girl. She's so awesome, so full of life," said Morrissey, Lyric Cook's father.

Ten-year-old Lyric Cook and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, 9, have been missing from Evansdale since July 13. Authorities believe the two girls were abducted.

Morrissey came to court Friday with his daughter not only on his shirt, but certainly on his mind.

"As far as me, I don't care, they can throw me in prison for life," Morrissey said. "He can ask for the death penalty when I come back. I have been hurt enough, my daughter being gone."

Throughout the investigation of his daughter's disappearance, Morrissey has been questioned by the FBI several times. He says he passed tests given to him by law enforcement.

As his trial approaches on these separate charges, he now wears an ankle GPS bracelet and has an 8 p.m. curfew.

He says he is following the rules, but says he doesn't know where the girls are.

"I would go get them myself. I have tried to come up with any kind of possible scenario of any kind," Morrissey said.

So now he waits, hoping to hear from his daughter and niece.

"Lyric if you're out there, I love you baby. I just pray, I just pray that you're OK," said Morrissey.

Morrissey's lawyer is also going to request for a change of venue. One of his main reasons is because he is concerned about the media coverage of these drug charges and the search for the missing girls.

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