DALASTA CASE: Evaluation Ordered


An Ankeny man charged with vehicular homicide will be evaluated to see whether he can be restored to competency to stand trial.

Kevin Dalasta is charged in the 2010 accident that killed Carson and Claire DeJoode and injured their mother and another brother.

Dalasta has had several delays in his case, largely because of problems tied to a series of brain injuries.

Friday morning, a Polk County judge granted a request for Dalasta to be evaluated at On With Life in Ankeny. Dalasta was concerned because that was the same facility that treated the mother, Heather DeJoode and her husband Troy serves on the board of directors.

The court is issuing an order that the evaluation goes directly to the court, and not to the facility’s board.

“Our thought is that we can fashion some language with some regard to this conflict issue….then get that to the court for approval to do the evaluation,” says defense attorney Alfredo Parrish.

Another hearing to review the findings from the facility is expected to take place in 90 days.

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