Murder Trial Set for Man Charged in Iowa Shooting

Associated Press

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A trial is set to begin this week for a Fort Dodge man accused of fatally shooting a teenager at a bonfire party.

The Messenger reports that 28-year-old Derrick McElroy faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Brandyn Preston.

McElroy is accused of shooting the 19-year-old Preston in the neck at a party in May 2011. Preston was paralyzed from the shoulders down, and he died months later in his family’s care in Florida.

Fort Dodge police say Preston died as a result of his injuries.

The trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection at the Webster County Courthouse on Tuesday. McElroy has pleaded not guilty.

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