Murder trial moved to September 10 following waiver of speedy trial

John Quanrude ...
John Quanrude ...

The Second Degree Murder case against 32-year-old John Michael Quanrude of Waukon involved a busy week of change this past week, ultimately resulting in the continuance of the jury trial in the case until a September 10 date. The trial had originally been set for August 22, was moved ahead to June 6 but has now been pushed back to begin Monday, September 10.

After having his original demand for a speedy trial misinterpreted by District Court Judge Richard Stochl to a believed waiver of that speedy trial, the original August 22 trial date had been set in early May of this year. When that misinterpretation was discovered a week later, the trial was forced forward to supposedly begin this Wednesday, June 6.

However, Quanrude’s attorney, Scott J. Nelson from the Iowa State Defender’s Office, Dubuque location, filed a Waiver of Speedy Trial Tuesday, May 29 on behalf of Quanrude, lifting the requirement for the trial to take place within 90 days of the charges being filed. A pre-trial conference that had also been scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 when the June trial date had been set did take place.

At that pre-trial conference, both Nelson and Allamakee County Attorney Jill Kistler, representing the State of Iowa in the case, agreed to request a continuance of the trial, “as discovery continues in the case,” according to court documents. Both representing counsels also agreed that they believe the case can be tried in five days.

Following this past week’s activity, the Second Degree Murder trial for Quanrude has been scheduled for a 9 a.m. start Monday, September 10 at the Allamakee County Courthouse. Quanrude is charged with Second Degree Murder following the fatal shooting of 60-year-old Dean Russell of Waukon April 16 of this year in the Parkview Trailer Court in Waukon. Quanrude remains in the Allamakee County Public Safety Center Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

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