Murder trial for man accused of killing Iowa trooper to be moved

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The trial for a man charged with killing an Iowa State Patrol trooper will be moved out of Grundy County but a new location for the trial has not been determined.

Prosecutors did not resist a defense request for a change of venue for the trial of Michael Thomas Lang, 42, in the death of patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.

The defense argued it would be difficult to seat an unbiased jury in Grundy County.

Lang, 42, is charged with murder, attempted murder and assault on a peace officer in Smith's death in April 2021.

Authorities said Lang fled after struggling with a Grundy Center police officer during a traffic stop. He allegedly shot Smith when officers tried to enter his home to arrest him.

During a Wednesday hearing in Grundy County District Court, the state argued against a motion by the defense to have a separate trial on the assault charge. Judge Joel Dalrymple said he would rule on the motion at a later date.

An April hearing was set on a defense motion to suppress statements Lang made during police interviews after the standoff.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Iowa trooper killed: Michael Thomas Lang's murder trial to be moved