Ekstrom, Dilley trials moved back

Two people accused of first-degree murder in the death of a Fort Dodge man have had their trial dates moved back following a pre-trial conference.

Ronald J. Dilley, 29, and Holly N. Ekstrom, 23, are now scheduled to stand trial beginning April 8 in Webster County.

The pair, who are each facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Steven Fisher, 22, had been scheduled to go to trial next Tuesday. But on Tuesday, Judge Kurt Wilke, of the 2nd Judicial District, ordered the trial moved to April.

Dilley and Ekstrom have both pleaded not guilty to the charge and are being held in the Webster County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Fisher’s remains were found by an Otho farmer in a roadside ditch on July 10. 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.

That same day, Dilley and Ekstrom were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

The pair was first scheduled to go on trial Oct. 22, but it was moved to next week after Webster County Attorney Cori Kuhn Coleman filed a motion for continuance.

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.