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New trial date for 2 charged in fatal Cedar Rapids stabbing

December 17, 2019 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A new trial date has been scheduled for two men accused of stabbing to death a man in Cedar Rapids.

Drew Blahnik, 32, and Drew Wagner, 34, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other crimes in the slaying of 31-year-old Christopher Bagley. He went missing from his home in Walker in December 2018. Investigators found his body buried in the backyard of a Cedar Rapids home in March.

Investigators have said Blahnik has confessed to stabbing Bagley in retaliation for his robbery of a large-scale marijuana trafficker.

The trial had been set to begin Feb. 3, court records say. The new date is July 6.