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Former Trooper's Trial Moves to Waterloo

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WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) - The burglary trial of a former Iowa state trooper will be moved to Waterloo.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Mikel Yauk's trial normally would have been held in Fayette County because the crime was reported in West Union. Yauk is accused of breaking into the home of an acquaintance on Oct. 5, 2011, and taking her cellphone.

Yauk's attorney argued in a motion that the case has been widely publicized and discussed in Fayette County and many of the prosecution witnesses are well-known, making it difficult for the 39-year-old Yauk to receive a fair trial there.

Prosecutors agreed, and a judge ordered the trial moved to Black Hawk County. Court records don't list a trial date.

Yauk resigned from the patrol at the end of 2011.

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