Trial for 2015 Coral Ridge Mall Shooting Suspect to Begin Tuesday

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STORY COUNTY, Iowa -- The trial for the Coral Ridge Mall shooting suspect is set to begin this week.

Alexander Kozak is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Andrea Farrington of Montezuma.

Police say back in June of 2015, Kozak shot Farrington multiple times inside the Coral Ridge Mall where she worked. Kozak was also an employee of the mall, where he worked as a security guard.

But on the day of the shooting, he quit his job.

Court documents show Kozak claims he and Harrington were in a relationship, and according to Kozak, she broke up with him that day over text.

"Agent Ron interviewed Kozak, who said he had left the mall, retrieved the gun from his residence in North Liberty, intentionally shot the victim in the back three times then fled," said Johnson County District Attorney Janet Lyness. "They both worked at the Coral Ridge Mall and knew each other through the Coral Ridge Mall."

In a hearing last month, a judge denied the defense's request to have Farrington's phone unlocked. They say it held messages between Kozak and Farrington.

The trial begins Tuesday in Story County.