Trial Begins for Teen in Foster Child Murder Case

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LOGAN, Iowa — Tuesday was the first day of Cody Metzker-Madsen’s trial in western Iowa.

Metzker-Madsen is charged with murdering five-year-old Dominic Elkins last September. He was 17-years-old at the time of the crime. Both were in foster care at a Logan home.

According to the Des Moines Register, Metzker-Madsen’s defense is arguing he was legally insane at the time of the crime.

A judge is deciding this case after Metzker-Madsen waived his right to a jury trial.

Metzker-Madsen’s foster parents, their biological daughter and a 911-operator have already been on the stand.

The foster father told the judge that Metzker-Madsen, who is now 18, was Dominic’s age mentally.


  • Sue

    Ok, I realize this kid probably is not the one choosing to use the insanity defense. I don’t see how this defense should ever get someone off for committing a crime. gee, I was insane for the 10-20 minutes it took me to beat this other human being to death…..I’m better now…Thanks! well, guess what, you get incarcerated just as if you weren’t insane because what’s to stop you from going ‘temporarily insane’ down the road all of a sudden.

  • Sue

    I guess the only exception I would see to this would be the ‘crimes of passion’ situations…you know….the situations like an enraged, grief stricken parent who shoots the monster that r@ped and murdered his 10 year old daughter….when the monster is being released back into society due to a technicality…..THOSE I would give you the temporary insanity plea on and say that this person (the parent) is not a threat to society.

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