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Mason City Man to Stand Trial in Murder of Grandparents

MASON CITY, Iowa  --  A Mason City man will stand trial in the death of his grandparents.

This week, a judge ruled 25-year-old Codie Mats is competent to stand trial. He faces two counts of first degree murder after 61-year-old Kenneth Hackbart and 64-year-old Kathleen Hackbart were found dead in their home in November. Matz was arrested in Bondurant a day after the bodies were found.

His trial is scheduled to begin on March 27th.