Pair in Otho death waive hearing

A couple charged with killing Steven Fisher, of Fort Dodge, had their cases transferred to District Court Friday.

Ronald J. Dilley, 29, and Holly N. Ekstrom, 22, were scheduled to appear at preliminary hearings Friday. However, their attorneys waived the hearings, allowing the cases to be sent to District Court for scheduling.

Fisher’s decomposed remains were found in a ditch near Otho on July 10 and were sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime lab to be identified.

Following the identification of his body on July 12 and the seizure of Fisher’s truck, Dilley and Ekstrom were arrested and charged with first-degree murder later that day.

Friends said Ekstrom and Fisher had been romantically involved on and off for years.

Fisher was an aviation electronics technician with the Air National Guard and a former newspaper carrier for The Messenger. The 22-year-old was a 2009 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High and was working at Liguria Foods in Humboldt at the time of his death.

Funeral services for Fisher were held Friday at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel.