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Arraignments set next month in Marengo murder

(left to right) Denise Frei, Jacob Hilgendorf and Jessica Dayton.
(left to right) Denise Frei, Jacob Hilgendorf and Jessica Dayton.

The three people charged with the first-degree murder of Curtis Bailey will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Aug. 13 in Iowa County District Court.

Denise Frei, 43, of Marengo, Bailey’s common-law wife, and Frei’s son, Jacob Hilgendorf, 19, and Hilgendorf’s friend, Jessica Dayton, 19, both of Belle Plaine, are accused of killing Bailey, 33, of Marengo, at his home July 19.

Marengo Police Chief Galen Moser has refused to release how Bailey died and the weapon used to kill him. Police did, however, release autopsy results last week that confirmed Bailey's death was a homicide.