Inmate charged in Anamosa prison killing plans to plead self-defense

One of the two inmates charged in killing two staff members at the Anamosa State Penitentiary will claim self-defense.
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 5:30 AM CDT
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ANAMOSA, Iowa (KCRG) - Court documents show 29-year-old Michael Dutcher plans to do claim self-defense at an upcoming bench trial.

That means a judge will decide if Dutcher is guilty or not.

Dutcher and another inmate, Thomas Woodard, are accused of killing Robert McFarland and Lorena Schulte at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in March.

Dutcher’s trial is scheduled for August 3rin Anamosa.

He and Woodard are also accused of kidnapping another staffer and injuring another inmate who was trying to stop the attack.

Woodard was granted a change of venue for his trial.

It starts on September 21.

The location has not yet been set.

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