Webster waives right to speedy trial
The Jefferson County Attorney and Iowa Public Defenders Office requested the trial for Tyler James Webster be postponed during Webster’s pretrial Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
The request was granted and the trial has been moved from Nov. 27 to April 9, 2013.
Webster, 33, has pleaded not guilty of murder in the first degree, a Class A felony, in a written arraignment Sept. 17. The plaintiff, the State of Iowa, has charged the defendant in the Aug. 25 shooting death of Fairfield resident Buddy Lee Frisbie, 32.
Chief Public Defender Michael Adams, stationed in Des Moines, has taken Webster’s case. Webster’s former attorneys, Allen L. Cook and Kenneth A. Duker of the Ottumwa Public Defender’s Office, asked to be taken off the case because of a large workload, according to Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille.
“They are working on five or six murder cases in this area right now,” he said. “A lot of work that goes into a murder trial
and with the amount of work they had, they couldn’t devote the appropriate time to it.”
Dille said they delayed the trial to give Adams time to catch up on the case, but also because of the seriousness of the case.
“Webster originally demanded a speedy trial, but has since waived that right,” he said. “He did so under his attorney’s advice.”
Webster remains in the Jefferson County Jail under a $2 million cash bond. Dille said it is common for defendants to waive their right to a speedy trial in such cases.
“This is not unusual at all, especially in cases where the defendant is looking at spending rest of their life in prison without the possibility of parole,” he said. “We want to make sure they’re as prepared as possible.”