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OTTUMWA — One of the two men charged this week with murder in a 2006 arson case has pleaded not guilty.

Zachary Dye faces two counts of first degree murder in the case. Authorities announced the charges against him and Christopher Yenger on Tuesday.

Online court records show Dye has entered a not guilty plea and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 2.

A preliminary hearing is a standard step in a criminal case. The finding does not establish guilt or innocence, but rather determines whether prosecutors have enough evidence to warrant the case proceeding to trial.

No online records for Yenger were available as of Wednesday morning.

In other area cases:

• Ricky Keasling’s trial on murder charges has been delayed. The court has instructed the prosecution and defense to coordinate with court administration for a new trial date, with a deadline for resolution no later than Feb. 3.

• Ryan Yancey’s sentencing on drug charges has been pushed back by almost a month, to Feb. 22.

• The attorney for Anthony Droz, who faces charges related to a motor vehicle crash, has asked to withdraw from the case.

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Managing Editor

Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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