Yenger, Dye Trials May be Separated

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An attorney for one of the co-defendants in an Ottumwa murder trial has asked for the trials to be separated.

Attorney Michael Jones filed a motion Monday in the Wapello County Courthouse to sever trials for co-defendants Christopher Yenger and Zachary Dye.

On March 5th, 2006 a fire tore through a home in rural Wapello County, killing 20 year old Nathan Messer and 22 year old Seth Anderson. Investigators were unable to determine the cause or origin of the fire in 2006. The case was left open while investigators hoped new information would come forward.

It took 10 years before officials say new information came to light which lead to charges of first degree murder for Dye and Yenger.

Investigators say a fight broke out during a party where more than 20 people were in attendance. Chris Yenger was asked to leave the party after the fight.

The party eventually dispersed between 3:00 & 5:00AM on March 5th, 2006. Firefighters were called to the scene at around 6:30 that morning.

If the motion for severance is granted, Dye and Yenger would have separate trials for the same accused crime.

According to online court records, Jones represents Chris Yenger in the trial, while Zachary Dye is being represented by Attorney Alfredo Parrish.

The Wapello County Attorney’s Office has not yet filed a motion in regards to the severance.

Both defendants are currently scheduled to begin trial on December 6th at 9:00 AM in the Wapello County Courthouse.

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