Pair’s trial dates pushed back

Two people accused of killing a Fort Dodge man in July will have their trial dates moved after the prosecutor filed a motion to continue the cases.

On Monday, Webster County Attorney Cori Kuhn Coleman filed a motion for continuance for both Ronald J. Dilley and Holly N. Ekstrom. That motion will move their trial dates from Oct. 22 to one that has not yet been determined.

Dilley, 29, and Ekstrom, 22, have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Steven Fisher. They have each pleaded not guilty to the charge.

On July 10, a farmer in Otho found Fisher’s decomposing remains in a roadside ditch. The remains were sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s crime lab and identified as Fisher’s on July 12.

Friends said they had last seen Fisher during the latter part of the first week in July.

Fisher was a 2009 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High and at the time of his death worked at Liguria Foods in Humboldt. He also served as an aviation electronics technician with the Air National Guard and was a former newspaper carrier for The Messenger.

Dilley and Ekstrom were arrested and charged with first-degree murder on July 12. Both are being held in the Webster County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Through his attorney, Charles Kenville, Dilley waived his right to a speedy trial on Oct. 4. Online court records did not indicate Ekstrom had filed the same motion, though both trial dates will now be rescheduled.