WATERLOO, Iowa --- The father of one of the abducted cousins has pleaded not guilty to new drug charges.
Daniel Eugene Morrissey, 36, entered a written not guilty plea and arraignment to charges of ongoing criminal conduct and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine Friday during a brief appearance in Black Hawk County District Court. He also stood by his right to a speedy trial.
Morrissey father of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, who was found dead with her cousin Elizabeth Collins after they disappeared in July is also awaiting trial for misdemeanor domestic abuse charges .
Trial in that case is slated for April 29 in Davenport, and prosecutor Brad Walz asked the court to postpone the domestic trial until after trial on the drug charges.
But defense attorney Kevin Schoeberl said Morrissey wanted to proceed with the April 29 domestic abuse trial, and Judge David Staudt agreed.
The trial is expected to last three days, and the Davenport location was chosen as part of a venue change because of pretrial publicity.
The domestic charges stem from an alleged assault on Lyric's mother, Misty Cook, that occurred before the disappearance. The pending drug charges stem from incidents between December and February, after the disappearance.
Morrissey is also awaiting sentencing after pleading to other drug charges connected to incidents before the disappearance.