Des Moines, Iowa – Attorneys for Casey Fredericksen, who was convicted in Floyd County last year of murdering his then-girlfriend’s daughter, Evelyn Miller, and then dumping her body in the Cedar River, sat before the Iowa Court of Appeals Thursday to argue that the case was flawed.
Evelyn Miller disappeared from her home in Floyd in 2005. Hundreds of volunteers searched for her for several days, before her body was found in the Cedar River north of Charles City.
The investigation took ten years before the case went to trial. Prosecutors argued in Floyd County court that Fredericksen sexually assaulted Evelyn and then stabbed her to death.
The case went to trial in March, 2015 and it took the jury five hours to convict him of first-degree murder. A judge later sentenced him to two life terms.
Defense attorneys argued during the trial that another suspect was responsible for the girl’s death and said there was no physical evidence connecting Fredericksen to the girl or her death.
His attorneys also argued that the trial court shouldn’t have allowed evidence of previous child pornography charges against Fredericksen to go before the jury and also said one of the witness’ statements should not have been considered.
They also argued the guilty verdict violated state law and was not supported by evidence.
Just days after the judged denied a defense motion for a new case, an appeal was filed.
On Thursday, there was no indication of when the appeals court in Des Moines that heard the arguments would rule on the case.