New trial date set for former Forest City officer on burglary, arson charges


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FOREST CITY, Iowa — A judge has set a new trial date of Oct. 29 for a former Forest City police officer charged with burglary and arson.

In May the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for 37-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker. The Appeals Court said officers failed to read Ellenbecker his Miranda rights.

Ellenbecker was convicted in 2012 of arson and burglary. He was accused of setting a fire that damaged the Forest City police station in October 2011. Authorities say he stole an assault rifle from a squad car in November 2010.

Ellenbecker's second trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 17. On Tuesday a Winnebago County District Court judge changed the date to Oct. 29 as Ellenbecker waived his right to a speedy trial.

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