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Trial must be moved for Dubuque man accused of 2015 sexual assault, killing

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The trial for a Dubuque man accused of a 2015 sexual assault and murder must be moved outside of Dubuque County, a judge said yesterday.

According to court documents obtained by our coverage partners at the Telegraph Herald, extensive media coverage would make fielding an impartial jury for the trial of 21-year-old Helmon Betwell nearly impossible.

Betwell faces first-degree sexual assault and first-degree murder charges for allegedly attacking and killing 66-year-old Nancy Krapfl in Sept. 2015.

In the criminal complaint, Betwell was quoted as telling investigators he attacked Krapfl because he "had nothing better to do," and she was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Judge Monica Ackley said those two phrases appeared over and over again in news coverage, and that would make it hard for a jury to be impartial.

She also noted that media coverage went deep into who Krapfl was and what her contributions to the community were.

Now the chief judge of the First Judicial District will select a new venue for the trial, which is scheduled for February. 

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