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Murder trial might be moved out of Dubuque County

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Media coverage surrounding the death of Nancy Krapfl, 66, and her accused murderer, Helmon Betwell might cause the trial to be moved out of Dubuque County. 

His defense attorney's Theresa Sampson-Brown and Thomas Goodman requesting this because of pre-trial attention. 

Betwell, 21, is charged with first degree murder and sexual assault, also two counts of third-degree burglary.

Two years ago, he allegedly beat and sexually assaulted Krapfl. She later died from her injuries.

Police say the attack happened on an early morning, as she was out for her daily walk. 

According to court documents, it seemed random and Betwell told investigators, he had "nothing better to do." This statement along with others, are reportedly known by potential jurors.

Betwell's attorney says questionnaires were sent to potential jurors about the upcoming trial. Many of them showed they would not be able to be impartial jurors.

Judge Monica Ackley did not make a decision today about moving the trial somewhere else. Another possible option would be to bring in jurors outside of Dubuque County. 

The trial is still scheduled to start in February of next year. 

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