Coggon Murder Trial Starts Monday in Linn County

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The first-degree murder trial of Lee Muldoon, 25, of Coggon, will start Monday in Linn County District Court.

Any motions and issues were discussed during a pre-trial hearing Friday.

Jury selection will start 9 a.m. Monday and 100 Linn County residents will be called for jury duty and attorneys expect testimony to begin Tuesday. The trial is expected to go three weeks.

Muldoon, also charged with child endangerment causing death, is accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter, 2-year-old Skylar Inman, July 11, 2008 in Coggon.

Skylar died from blunt force injuires, according to an autopsy.

Brianna’s mother, Brianna Volesky, 20 , of Cedar Rapids, was also charged in Skylar’s death with child endangerment causing death, but pleaded guilty to neglect of a child and involuntary manslaughter in January. Her plea deal is contingent upon her testifying against Muldoon.

During her plea hearing, Volesky admitted Skylar has numerous bruises all over her body and Muldoon was her caretaker much of the time. She faces 15 years in prison and will be sentenced after Muldoon’s trial.

Muldoon claims he is innocent in Skylar’s death.

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