The trial date’s two months from now for two brothers accused of killing a Muscatine woman. The crowd outside the county courthouse confirmed the concerns of prosecutors that security would be a problem if Victor and Edgardo Serrato appeared themselves to enter a plea.
Instead, lawyers brought their written responses to the courthouse, both pleading not guilty to charges that Victor beat and strangled 21-year-old Miriam Carmona to death and that his 18-year-old brother Edgardo helped him and disposed of a truck used to take the woman’s body to Illinois. Carmona was found at the foot of a bridge and prosecutors say she was pregnant. The brothers are due back in court on December 29 and their trial’s set to begin January sixteenth.