- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FLOYD, Iowa (AP) - An appeals court is upholding the conviction of a man found guilty of raping and killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl in 2005.

The Iowa Court of Appeals says “substantial evidence” points to Casey Frederiksen as the perpetrator who killed Evelyn Miller and dumped her body in the Cedar River.

Miller was the daughter of Frederiksen’s girlfriend, who came home from work to find her daughter vanished.

Frederiksen had been a suspect in the death because he had been watching her, but it took prosecutors seven years to charge him. A jury convicted him last year, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

The court rejected Frederiksen’s claim that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict, saying he had a sexual motive and the opportunity to commit the crime.

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