Accused killer of Algona police officer wants change of venue for trial

ALGONA — The man accused of killing an Algona police officer last September is asking for his trial to be moved out of Kossuth County.

43-year-old Kyle Lou Ricke is asking for a change of venue for his first-degree murder trial, which is scheduled to begin in late June. In his motion, Attorney Matthew Pittenger states that media coverage of the case was intense following the shooting death of Officer Kevin Cram on September 13th, 2023.

He says that publicity has created a substantial likelihood that a fair and impartial jury can not be impaneled from Kossuth County or any surrounding county. The state will file a written response to the motion before a judge makes a ruling.

Ricke is currently scheduled to have a pretrial conference on May 31st. His trial is scheduled to begin on June 25th, pending the outcome of this motion.

Cram served the Nora Springs Police Department from 2013-to-2015 before returning to Algona. His wife was a former dispatcher with the Clear Lake Police Department.