Charles City man’s murder trial delayed until the fall

NEWTON — The trial of a Charles City man accused of murder in Jasper County in March 2017 has been delayed again.

53-year-old Randy Linderman is accused of murdering Jose Ramirez Berber on March 6th of last year in rural Jasper County. A family member found Berber’s body inside his rural Newton home. An autopsy determined that Berber died of blunt force trauma.

Investigators allege that DNA evidence taken from Berber’s body and clothing matched that of Linderman.

Linderman was arrested in July and was scheduled to have his first-degree murder trial start on July 9th. Online court records show he waived his right to a speedy trial on May 18th, with his attorney last Thursday filing a motion for a continuance. A Jasper County judge approved that motion on Friday and scheduled Linderman’s trial to start on November 5th.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Linderman would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the opportunity for parole.

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