Man Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Beating
SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he fatally beat another man during a burglary in northwest Iowa.
Christopher Fitzpatrick, of Spencer, is accused of first-degree murder, willful injury and burglary. Last week Fitzpatrick submitted to the court written pleas of not guilty.
Police say 59-year old Edward Kitto was found beaten and unresponsive in the backyard of a Spencer home on Aug. 27. Kitto died at a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital on Sept. 8.
Fitzpatrick's trial is scheduled to start on Dec. 11.
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