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Murder victim's family discusses appeal

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A convicted murderer's case returns to court.

He's trying to appeal the murder and sex abuse charges of Evelyn Miller.

Evelyn was 5 when she was murdered in 2005.

Casey Frederiksen was dating her mother at the time of her death, and he is convicted in her death.

Frederiksen was sentenced to life in prison in 2014, and his attorneys filed for a new trial that was initially denied.

So, they decided to appeal that case in Des Moines.

Casey Frederiksen did not appear in court Thursday, but his attorney spoke on his behalf.

"We feel confident justice will be served," Miller's paternal grandfather, Richard Christie said.

Christie and his wife, Linda, remain emotional more than a decade after Evelyn's death.

"We're in it for the long game, and we'll be waiting. It's not going to actually change anything, guilty or innocence. It's just a matter of if he's going to get a new trial," Richard said.

Linda Christie said she hopes Casey Frederiksen's charges never get appealed.

"It's been a long time, but I was at every court hearing he had, and this is a culmination of those hearings. Hopefully," Linda said.

But she said, it's just a waiting game to see if Frederiksen will stay in prison.

"I don't know, I don't know. I hope so, I so dearly hope so, but I don't know," Linda said.

After hearing arguments from the state and Frederiksen's attorney, the three judges agreed to review the information and said a decision would be met at a later date.

The court could take weeks, or even months, to reach a decision.

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