Hearing Delayed for Man Accused in Fayette Co. Murder

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers for a former Iowa care facility resident facing a murder charge are requesting a delay on his competency hearing.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Matthew Braun's defense counsel requested a delay on the hearing scheduled Monday. A judge reset it for April 29 in Fayette County District Court.

Braun is accused of assaulting 57-year-old Kris A. Simpson in September at the Prairie View Residential Care Facility in Fayette. Simpson died days later.

Investigators say security camera footage shows Braun attacked Simpson for no apparent reason.

Braun pleaded not guilty in October to a first-degree murder charge. His trial was scheduled to begin at the end of January, but it was pushed back due to the pending competency hearing.
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