CHARLES CITY, Iowa | Bail has been set at $2 million for accused murderer Casey Frederiksen.
Frederiksen, 33, made his initial appearance in Floyd County District Court on Tuesday in the July 1, 2005, death of Evelyn Miller, 5, of Floyd.
He is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse, both class A felonies.
Magistrate Ann Troge set his bail at $1 million cash only on each count.
Frederiksen was the boyfriend of Evelyn’s mother, Noel Miller.
Evelyn was reported missing from an apartment south of Floyd that Miller shared with Frederiksen.
The child’s body was found days later in the Cedar River, about two miles from her home.
Frederiksen asked the court to deny an application for expanded media coverage of all court proceedings in the case.
He told the court he has been the target of death threats and because of that he does not want television and still cameras in the courtroom.
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“Media has already affected this even over in Illinois where I was incarcerated,” Frederiksen said.
Troge approved the media request saying the case has garnered much public interest and is newsworthy.
Frederiksen had little to say during the short proceeding.
An attorney from the Public Defender’s office will be appointed to represent Frederiksen.
Floyd County Attorney Normand Klemesrud said even if Frederiksen was able to raise the bail, he would not be set free. He would be sent back to the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Ill., where he was serving time on charges of child pornography and drugs.
A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 26, but Klemesrud said he plans to file trial information within the next week instead.
Frederiksen was taken into state custody by agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on Monday and brought back to Iowa to face the murder and sexual abuse charges.
He is being held in the Floyd County Jail in Charles City.