Slain Iowa Girl's Father Pleads Guilty In Drug Case

In a Tuesday, July 17, 2012 file photo, Misty and Dan Morrissey speak to the media near Meyers Lake where their daughter Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, disappeared, in Evansdale, Iowa. Misty Morrisey must appear in federal court to face allegations she violated the terms of her supervised release in a decade-old methamphetamine case, records show. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade signed an order directing Misty Morrissey to appear in a Cedar Rapids courtroom Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, one day after family members will mark the four-month anniversary of the disappearance of 11-year-old Lyric Cook and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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By Richard Pratt

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The father of one of two slain Iowa cousins has pleaded guilty to more drug-related charges.

Dan Morrissey made his pleas Monday in a Waterloo courtroom. The charges included conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty to two of the charges and entered an Alford plea on the other two. Under the Alford plea, Morrissey didn't admit guilt but acknowledged the prosecution likely could prove the charges.

In March he pleaded guilty to several drug-related charges in Davenport.

The 37-year-old Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook, who disappeared while riding bikes with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, in Evansdale in July. Their bodies were found in a wooded area in December, and no one has been charged.

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