Court date set for inmate seeking appeal

MASON CITY (AP) – A court date has been set for an Iowa inmate appealing a conviction involving the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

A post-conviction relief hearing is scheduled June 27 for Christopher McCoy in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

McCoy said his attorney failed to request that the trial be moved to another county and didn’t object to courtroom attacks against McCoy’s character.

McCoy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment for the January 2006 death of Riley Prazak. He is serving a 55-year sentence.

Authorities said McCoy was taking care of the toddler while the boy’s mother was at work. McCoy said he was sleeping when the boy fell from a bed. He died three days later.