- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GARNER, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor says it will be impossible to find an impartial jury in Hancock County for the trial of a former state lawmaker accused of sexual abuse.

Assistant Attorney General Tyler Buller said Tuesday that former state Rep. Henry Rayhons, his lawyer and his family have provided commentary that’s led to slanted and misleading coverage of the case.

Rayhons, of Garner, has pleaded not guilty to third-degree sexual abuse. He’s accused of having sexual contact in May with his wife, Donna Rayhons, while she was a resident of a care center and not able to give consent. Donna Rayhons died in early August.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1BTPagG ) a judge will rule on the issue in about a week. The trial is tentatively set to start on Jan. 28.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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