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December 11, 2013

Ottumwa kidnapping trial set for February

OTTUMWA — There have been changes in several area criminal cases, including a trial now scheduled for next February.

Adem Anota is charged with kidnapping, accused of holding a woman against her will for more than two weeks. Authorities say the woman, whose name has not been released, was confined from Sept. 24-Oct. 9.

The charge against Anota is a Class A felony, the most serious in Iowa law. Conviction of a Class A felony means a life sentence. Anota has pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this week, Judge Randy DeGeest set Anota’s trial for Feb. 4, 2014.

DeGeest also rescheduled Ashley Weir’s arraignment on charges of willful injury and domestic abuse assault for later this month. Weir faces two counts of willful injury, both Class C felonies, and a single count of domestic abuse assault with intent or display of a weapon.

Weir is accused of stabbing Kaz Long, an attorney with the Iowa Public Defender’s office in Ottumwa. She has pleaded not guilty.

Other cases also progressing through the courts include:

• Raul Ortega III faces charges of interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon and carrying weapons. He has pleaded not guilty and has had a public defender appointed.

• Kevin Galbraith faces five drug-related counts after a November arrest. Two counts of controlled substances violations involving meth and marijuana are felonies, while three counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs are all serious misdemeanors. Galbraith has pleaded not guilty and has had a public defender appointed to his case.

• Amevi Nsougan filed an application on Wednesday for a public defender and a financial statement in support of the application. He is charged with willful injury and aggravated domestic abuse after he allegedly stabbed a housemate twice in the torso last week. He has pleaded not guilty.

• Stephyne Stewart has been granted a public defender. She is accused of willful injury causing bodily injury after allegedly stabbing a teenage male over the weekend. She has pleaded not guilty.

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