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Drew Blahnik will return to court in December to seek new trial in Chris Bagley’s death

Drew Blahnik appears for a hearing at the Linn County Courthouse on a motion for a new trial.
Drew Blahnik appears for a hearing at the Linn County Courthouse on a motion for a new trial.(Marlon Hall/KCRG)
Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 2:59 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Drew Blahnik will return to court in December on a motion for a new trial. Blahnik was convicted of Second Degree Murder for killing Chris Bagley in July. He was also convicted of Abuse of a Corpse and Obstructing Prosecution.

Blahnik was originally scheduled to be sentenced earlier this month, but instead filed a motion for a new trial. His defense team claims there were errors made during his trial and that one of the jurors may have been biased.

A hearing was held earlier this month regarding the motion for a new trial, but one of the witnesses the defense subpoenaed did not show up.

A second hearing is now scheduled for December 3rd, and the witness who missed the last hearing is required to be there. During the hearing, the witness will have to explain why they were not able to appear the first time around to avoid being charged with Contempt of Court. The defense is expected to present their case regarding juror bias during that same hearing.

If Blahnik’s motion for a new trial is denied on December 3rd, he will be sentenced on December 17th.

The hearing and potential sentencing date were scheduled keeping in mind that Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden will soon retire. He and his team, Monica Slaughter and Jennifer Erger, plan to see this case through together as they have from the beginning when Chris Bagley first went missing in 2018.

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