Levon Dean robbery trial moved

2013-07-30T13:00:00Z 2013-08-23T05:01:51Z Levon Dean robbery trial movedMOLLY MONTAG mmontag@siouxcityjournal.com Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | A judge on Tuesday moved the trial of a Sioux City man accused of robbery to another county because of media coverage of the man's brother.

Levon Dean, 24, is charged with felony first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and assault while participating in a felony.

He's accused of robbing a man at gunpoint in the 4300 block of Polk Street April 24.

Judge Jeffrey Neary cited media coverage of Dean's brother, Jamal, as the reason for moving Levon Dean's trial out of Sioux City.

Jamal Dean pleaded guilty last week to attempted murder. He admitted in court to shooting a Sioux City police officer on April 29. 

Levon Dean had nothing to do with the shooting, but was mentioned in nearly every story about his brother's case, Neary said.

The publicity makes it difficult for Levon Dean to get a fair trial, so the proceedings must be moved, Neary said.

Neary declared a mistrial in Dean's first trial on the charges because of media coverage during jury selection on July 24.

Neary has not decided where the new trial will be held.

Woodbury County Assistant Public Defender Michael Williams, Dean's attorney, said he was pleased with the judge's decision to move the trial.

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