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Nashua Murder Suspect Waives Right to Speedy Trial

The man accused in the shooting death of a Nashua man almost 10 years ago has waived his right to a speedy trial.

49-year-old Randy Patrie is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2012 death of 70-year-old Kenneth Gallmeyer at Gallmeyer’s home north of Nashua. An investigation by the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Charles City Police and Iowa DCI, led to the discovery of various items owned by Gallmeyer inside Patrie’s Charles City home, including a shotgun authorities say was consistent with the weapon that shot and killed Gallmeyer.

Before local law enforcement could proceed with their case, Patrie was sentenced in 2014 to life in federal prison on felony firearms charges and for being a career criminal. However, in 2018, Patrie was resentenced to 20 years in federal prison, opening the door for his prosecution in Chickasaw County to resume.

Patrie has since been transferred from federal prison in New Jersey and is now in the Fayette County Jail in West Union, which also serves as a federal holding facility. He has pleaded not guilty and on Thursday his lawyer filed paperwork to waive Patrie’s right to a speedy trial within 90 days of indictment. By doing so, Chickasaw County Attorney David Laudner says Patrie’s trial won’t  likely start until this fall.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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