Man charged in death of Breasia Terrell opts for bench trial

The man who police say shot and killed 10-year-old Breasia Terrell three years ago has waived his right to a jury trial.
Published: Aug. 8, 2023 at 8:34 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Henry Dinkins, the man charged with the 2020 murder of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell, waived his right to a jury trial on Tuesday morning.

Jury selection for the trial was expected to begin Tuesday morning in Linn County, but Dinkins is instead opting for a bench trial.

That means the case is moving back to Scott County, where a judge will decide Dinkin’s fate.

A judge had previously moved the jury trial from Scott County to Linn County due to pre-trial publicity.

Dinkins, 51, is a registered sex offender and is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in Scott County District Court. If convicted, he faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

Breasia Terrell disappeared in July 2020 in Davenport. Her remains were found the following March near DeWitt.