Mason City man pleads not guilty to murder

MASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of murder has pleaded not guilty.

51-year-old Frederick Olson was charged with first-degree murder after the death of 63-year-old Leroy White at a home located at 1916 South Grover Avenue in Mason City on December 18th. A criminal complaint states that Olson physically assaulted White, causing his death.

Olson’s arraignment hearing was scheduled for today, but Olson filed a written plea of not guilty on Thursday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. His trial has been scheduled to start on April 9th.

First-degree murder is a Class A felony punishable by life in prison without the opportunity for parole.

Olson is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $1 million cash-only bond.