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OTTUMWA — The district court has approved a public defender for the man accused by authorities of killing Thomas Foster last month.

Preston Martin was arrested in connection with Foster’s death May 25. Police found Martin after a description from an earlier report of a suspicious person at Foster’s home was rebroadcast. Court documents said blood evidence and money believed to be from Foster’s home linked Martin to the killing.

Martin has pleaded not guilty. He was ordered held on a $1 million cash only bond.

In other area cases:

David Wemer’s plea and sentencing is set for Aug. 12. Wemer faces two counts of second degree sexual abuse.

Harley Tapley is scheduled for sentencing in two cases on Nov. 14. Tapley is charged with two counts of theft in the first case, and theft, unlawful possession of prescription drugs and possession of a controlled substance in the other.

Trials have been set for Sept. 10 in two Wapello County cases. Dennis Sandifer is accused by prosecutors of vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. Kevin Harland is charged with second degree sexual abuse.

Trials are set according to a court schedule for trial dates, and it would not be a surprise for one or both to be rescheduled at a later time.

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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.