Trial scheduled to begin in Iowa cold case homicide

Published: May. 1, 2017 at 5:30 AM CDT
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Jurors are scheduled to be chosen Monday for the trial of a federal inmate from Iowa charged with killing his fiancee, who vanished without a trace in 2000.

Tait Purk has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder. He's accused of killing Cora Okonski. Purk has told police that she left their home to walk to the store to buy cigarettes and never returned. Purk has said he told Okonski he wanted to put off their wedding date earlier that day and that she became upset.

Her body has never been found.

Purk's been serving time on unrelated federal drug and gun charges.

The trial was moved out of Tama County because of pretrial publicity. It's being held in Iowa County District Court in Marengo.