MASON CITY — A trial date has been scheduled for a Mason City man accused of murdering his grandparents back in November.
25-year-old Codie Matz was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after police found 61-year-old Kenneth Hackbart and 64-year-old Kathleen Hackbart dead in their home at 327 27th Southwest on the morning of November 7th.
After a psychiatric evaluation, Matz in mid-February was found to be competent to stand trial.
After a trial scheduling conference held earlier this week, District Judge DeDra Schroeder filed an order setting the trial for October 15th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.
Court records show that Matz may use a defense of insanity, intoxication or diminished responsibility at the trial.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Matz would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the opportunity for parole.