Iowa man charged in killing of 10-year-old has trial moved

March 31, 2022 GMT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man charged in the killing of a 10-year-old Davenport girl who was missing for nine months before her remains were found in a pond will see his trial moved out of Scott County.

A judge on Wednesday granted a request by Henry Dinkins’ lawyers for a change of venue, the Quad-City Times reported. A new venue for Dinkins’ trial was not immediately selected.

Dinkins pleaded not guilty last year to first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of Breasia Terrell.

Prosecutors say Dinkins took the girl from a Davenport apartment complex in July 2020, fatally shot her and hid her body in rural eastern Iowa. Breasia was the half sister of Dinkins’ son, and investigators have said both children were staying the night with him at the apartment where he was living with a girlfriend.

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The girl’s disappearance prompted a monthslong search that ended in March 2021 when two people fishing near DeWitt discovered her remains.

Dinkins, a registered sex offender with a history of violent and reckless behavior, had been granted an early release from prison less than four months before Breasia disappeared.