Chansler will get new trial date

The trial of a Fort Dodge police officer accused of domestic assault has been continued after a request for more time to accommodate witnesses.

Jody S. Chansler, 41, of Fort Dodge, was scheduled to have his trial Wednesday afternoon. However, Magistrate William Habhab said that didn’t happen because the original date and time could not accommodate all the witnesses.

“My understanding is that there are a lot of witnesses, and more time was needed for them,” Habhab said Wednesday afternoon.

Neither Habhab nor Chansler’s attorney, Derek Johnson, knew when the new trial would be scheduled. However, Habhab said a new date would likely be decided upon by this morning.

Chansler’s trial was scheduled after he pleaded not guilty to domestic abuse/assault on Aug. 14, a day after he had been arrested on the charge.

He is accused of assaulting his wife in the early morning hours of Aug 13. She reported the incident to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center at 2:40 a.m. that morning.

Chief Tim Carmody said the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was called to investigate the case.

After the incident, Chansler’s wife was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries before her release.

Chansler was arrested later that day.

A 12-year veteran of the FDPD, Chansler was placed on paid administrative leave after the allegation came to light. He is also the subject of an internal investigation being conducted by the department.

The case is being prosecuted by the Kossuth County attorney’s office due to a conflict of interest with the Webster County attorney’s office.