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Date set for Onawa teen's murder trial

Date set for Onawa teen's murder trial

From the The latest on 16 Siouxland court and crime stories series

ONAWA, Iowa -- An Onawa teenager has been scheduled to stand trial next spring for the shooting death of another teenager.

District Judge Duane Hoffmeyer on Friday set Jay Lee Neubaum's trial for March 23 in Monona County District Court. Hoffmeyer previously denied a defense request to have the trial moved from Monona County.

Neubaum, 17, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder for the Jan. 31 shooting death of 16-year-old Joseph Hopkins in Mapleton, Iowa.

According to court documents, Neubaum shot Hopkins after becoming angry with him because he and another teen would not stop playing with an unloaded shotgun while they were working on a car in a garage. Neubaum retrieved a loaded shotgun and fired a single shot, striking Hopkins in the head, court documents said.

In a separate case, Neubaum faces 10 counts of third-degree sexual abuse for the alleged rape of six teenage girls and forced sexual contact with a seventh. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Neubaum is accused of sexually assaulting the girls, who ranged in age from 13 to 16, from September 2019 through March in Mapleton. Neubaum repeatedly denied the accusations during an interview with investigators.

A judge in August ruled that Neubaum will face seven separate trials for the sexual abuse charges, one for each of the seven victims. Trial dates have not been set.

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