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Man charged in Iowa hatchet death pleads guilty

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 7 2014 10:08AM

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge man accused of using a hatchet to kill another man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ronald Dilley had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Steven Fisher, whose decomposed remains were found by an Otho farmer in a ditch on July 10.

Dilley and 23-year-old Holly Ekstrom, of Fort Dodge, were charged in Fisher's death. Ekstrom has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and is set to stand trial July 22.

Dilley told a judge Friday he hit Fisher four times in the head with a hatchet after Fisher made a comment that upset Dilley.

Dilley faces up to 50 years in prison when he's sentenced May 5.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
04/07/2014 10:09AM
Man charged in Iowa hatchet death pleads guilty
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