Posted at: 10/16/2012 5:40 PM
By: Gordon Severson
Frederiksen Makes Initial Appearance
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It was a 7-year-old murder case revived last month.
A North Iowa man accused of killing his girlfriend's daughter faced a judge Tuesday morning.
33-year-old Casey Frederiksen had long been suspected of committing the crime, but officials didn't have enough evidence to charge him until recently.
Despite facing two very serious Class A felonies, Frederiksen walked into court Tuesday looking very calm and collected.
Clean shaved, head shaved, looking completely different than in years past.
He spoke very clearly to the judge when he said the most important thing to him right now is a fair trial and an impartial jury.
It was a brief appearance lasting less than 10 minutes.
"It's alleged that on or about July 1st 2005 in Floyd County, you did sexually abuse one Evelyn Celeste Miller. also causing serious injury," Floyd County Judge Ann Troge says.
After years of silence, family and friends were shocked when the Floyd County Attorney's office made their announcement in September.
They had found enough evidence to connect Frederiksen with the death of Evelyn Miller.
"we're sad that, so very sad that it happened, but we're glad to reach this point," Evelyn’s grandparents explain.
Frederiksen will be appointed a public defender. The judge also set his bail at $1 million for each of his two felony charges.
Being that he is already in prison for unrelated child pornography and drug charges, he wouldn't be able to post bail anyways.
Frederiksen claims that over the past few months he has had several death threats. That's why he tried to restrict media coverage for the case.
The judge ultimately decided the case was just too newsworthy and important for the community.
She decided to not restrict the media. That means we'll have full access moving forward with this case.
Stay tuned to ABC 6 News and kaaltv.com for the latest details.