CEDAR RAPIDS — One of two men accused of killing a man in Cedar Rapids wants his trial moved out of Linn County.
Drew Wagner, 34, cited pretrial publicity in his request filed Sunday. The court records didn’t say when a judge might rule on the change of venue.
Wagner and Drew Blahnik, 32, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and obstruction of prosecution in the slaying of 31-year-old Christopher Bagley. He went missing from his home in Walker in December 2018. Investigators found his body buried in the backyard of a Cedar Rapids home in March.
Investigators have said Blahnik has confessed to stabbing Bagley in retaliation for his robbery of a large-scale marijuana trafficker.
The court records don’t show that Blahnik also has requested that the trial be moved. The trial is scheduled to begin July 6.