Casey Frederiksen Makes Initial Court Appearance

By Dave Franzman, Reporter

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CHARLES CITY- The man accused of murdering and sexually abusing a five-year-old Floyd County girl in 2005 made a first Iowa court appearance on the new charges Tuesday morning.

Casey Frederiksen, 33, was charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual abuse in the death of Evelyn Miller on September 27th. Iowa authorities took custody of Frederiksen Monday at a federal prison in Marion, Illinois. Frederiksen is currently serving a 14-year sentence on unreleated child porn and drug charges.

The murder and sexual abuse case against Frederiksen literally took years to develop. But the initial appearance in Floyd District Court in Charles City lasted less than 10 minutes.

Magistrate Ann Troge accepted a petition from Frederiksen for a court appointed attorney. She also set a bond of $1-million dollars cash on both of the two charges. However, Frederiksen could not leave jail even if he could raise that kind of money because he is currently serving that federal prison term.

The defendant also told the magistrate he was concerned about his personal safety due to jailhouse death threats. Frederiksen also raised that issue with the magistrate in objecting to expanded media coverage of his initial appearance. Magistrate Troge overruled any objections to expanded media coverage and she told Frederiksen authorities would take precautions.

"If you have any questions about your security in future proceedings, I would ask you to direct them to the sheriff's office in terms of things they are intending to do," Troge said.

A preliminary hearing date of October 26 was set for Frederiksen's next appearance. However, the Floyd County attorney plans to file what is known as trial information in the case. That would remove the need for any preliminary hearing on the charges.

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