- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) - A trial has been delayed for an eastern Iowa man charged in the death of a woman hit by fragments from a homemade cannon.

The Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2qOKNEV ) that the trial of Max Fenton, of Greeley, now’s scheduled to begin Aug. 16. He’s pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter.

The improvised cannon was made from the sawed-off barrel of a .50-caliber, black powder rifle and was supposed to serve as a noisemaker. A Delaware County news release said the rear of the barrel “blew out” the night of July 2, 2016, sending fragments toward where 55-year-old Lori Heims was sitting, hitting her in the head. She died later at a hospital.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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