The young woman from western Iowa who is accused of setting a house fire several weeks ago that killed two siblings plans to plead -not- guilty to the charges. 17-year-old Tracey Dyess of Griswold is accused in the March 31st blaze that killed her younger brother and sister. Cass County prosecutor Dan Feistner says the plea was mailed in by Dyess’ attorney. Feistner says it’s his understanding Dyess pleaded “not guilty” to charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and first-degree arson. She will also waive speedy trial, which means the trial date, set for May 24th, could be continued if necessary. Feistner said the document had not yet arrived in the mail. He says they should know soon whether the defense will request a continuance. If a continuance is ordered, Feistner says the trial wouldn’t happen until July. Dyess will be tried as an adult. If convicted on the murder charges, she would face a mandatory life sentence. Dyess’ stepfather, 39-year old Brian Street, is also jailed on charges he sexually abused Dyess. Street was reportedly the target of the fire.
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