Wold set for jury trial on OWI charge, court records show

Wold set for jury trial on OWI charge, court records show

A 42-year-old landlord who faces multiple lawsuits in connection with the partial collapse of a Davenport apartment building is set for a jury trial for a charge of operating while intoxicated, according to court documents dated Wednesday.

The charge is a serious misdemeanor, court records show.

Andrew Wold (Scott County Jail)
Andrew Wold (Scott County Jail)

Court documents show Andrew Wold, who has waived the right to a speedy trial, has demanded a trial by jury. Pretrial conferences are set for Sept. 5 and the jury trial, which is expected to last three days, is set for Sept. 9, according to court records.

Earlier, a judge granted Wold’s request for a change of venue from Scott County. That means his trial will be held in Henry County, another Iowa county.

The test for whether a court should grant a change of venue motion is whether a
“reasonable likelihood” exists that the defendant could not receive a fair trial in the county where the trial is to take place.

Wold owned an apartment building when it collapsed in Davenport in May 28, 2023, killing three men. Dozens of other people were injured and lost almost everything they owned once the building had to be demolished.

An arrest in November 2023

Bettendorf Police arrested Wold on Nov. 22, 2023, on a charge of OWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated). Police say he failed field sobriety tests, smelled of alcohol and refused to take a breath test.

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