Judge Says Iowa Teen Will be Tested Before Trial

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - A 17-year-old boy accused of killing his 5-year-old foster brother will undergo a mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Assistant Public Defender Michael Williams of Sioux City filed a motion to have Cody Metzker-Madsen tested for mental competency at the Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville. A judge approved the request Friday.

The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports a court date is scheduled on April 21 to review if Metzker-Madsen can proceed to a trial.

Metzker-Madsen is accused of killing Dominic Elkins. The child's body was found Aug. 31 at the bottom of a rural Harrison County ravine. Both boys were living with a foster family.

Metzker-Madsen remains at the Harrison County Jail. A message left for Williams was not immediately returned Friday.
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