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Reporter covering state and federal courts, and whatever legal issues come my way. I also provide live coverage of criminal trials on Twitter @tmehaffey and welcome comments and questions from readers during the trials. Outside of work I love movies, tennis and my Kansas State Wildcats! Go Cats! Stay informed with the Public Safety newsletter.
Latest Articles by Trish Mehaffey
Crime and Courts Sep. 23, 2022 6:00 am1d ago
A prosecutor said Thursday a Cedar Rapids woman wouldn’t give vital information to a 911 dispatcher after she fatally stabbed a man in Cedar Rapids in 2020. The defense said she was a victim or abuse and was defending herself.
Crime and Courts Sep. 20, 2022 5:44 pm3d ago
A Chicago pharmacologist, testifying for the defense, said Tuesday that a Marion woman died from the high level of meth in her system, instead of the 26 stabbing injuries that an autopsy stated was her cause of death.
Crime and Courts Sep. 20, 2022 8:44 am4d ago
A forensic psychiatrist testified Monday that a Marion man couldn’t distinguish right from wrong when he killed his ex-girlfriend in 2017 and that he was suffering from meth-induced psychosis when he stabbed her 26 times.
Crime and Courts Sep. 16, 2022 6:07 pm7d ago
A California man pleaded to a drug conspiracy charge after being nabbed at the LA airport for trying to smuggle meth onto a plane. He is one of 11 men charged in Cedar Rapids meth trafficking ring.
Crime and Courts Sep. 16, 2022 5:00 am9d ago
A judge will review an independent competency exam of Cedar Rapids man, who was convicted last year for sex assault of incapacitated Iowa City woman and video recording it, to determine if can stand trial in three more sex assault trials.
Crime and Courts Sep. 14, 2022 7:03 pm9d ago
Mother of Marion man on trial for murder says she suspected he killed his girlfriend and concealed it in a roll of carpet after seeing it on a trailer in her driveway.
Crime and Courts Sep. 14, 2022 5:59 am10d ago
Prosecutor says a Marion woman was killed in “vicious attack and calculated cover-up” by her ex-boyfriend. He stabbed her 26 times and then concealed her body in a roll of carpet in 2017. This is his second murder trial. His conviction in 2018 was overturned.
Crime and Courts Sep. 12, 2022 6:30 pm11d ago
A Cedar Rapids man who’s accused of trying to kill his wife is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Monday. The court proceedings had been suspended since last year.
Crime and Courts Sep. 9, 2022 3:55 pm15d ago
He faces a little more than eight years in a federal prison for a firearms charge. He was previously convicted on state charges in the unintentional shooting of 18-year-old Marisa Doolin
Crime and Courts Sep. 9, 2022 2:26 pm15d ago
Arthur Flowers, 62, is charged with killing a woman by beating her with a board in April. A judge ruled he is incompetent to stand trial, putting his case on hold.
Crime and Courts Sep. 6, 2022 5:00 am22d ago
The new program manager for Foundation 2 emergency youth shelter came back to where she started her social work career. Shelby Holsapple enjoys connecting with kids and helping them learn to advocate for themselves.
Crime and Courts Sep. 3, 2022 2:03 pm21d ago
A Coralville man was finally returned to Iowa on a governor’s warrant and was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and other charges in the Taboo shooting.