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Casey Frederiksen (WHO-HD)

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WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — The defense has rested its case in the murder and sexual abuse trial of Casey Frederiksen after a little more than an hour of testimony.

The second week of Frederiksen’s trial resumed Monday morning in Hamilton County. The jury heard from three defense witnesses in an attempt to try to point the finger at another suspect in the case, Randy Patrie.

Patrie was one of the last people to see five-year-old Evelyn Miller alive on July 1, 2005, but investigators are unable to track his whereabouts the morning the little girl was reported missing in Floyd.

The following day, neighbors noticed him burning something in broad daylight.

“It was coming form a burn barrel in the neighbor’s yard,” said Steve Gemaehlich of Charles City.

Witnesses described the smell as a combination of plastic and chemicals.

“It was something I never smelled before,” said Brad Kellogg of Floyd.

Before testimony began Monday morning, Frederiksen’s attorney made a motion for directed verdict, asking the Judge for an acquittal.  

“There is absolutely no physical evidence tying Mr. Frederiksen to Evelyn Miller’s death,” argued defense attorney Aaron Hawbaker.

The state claims the child pornography, the defendant’s admission of a sexual attraction to the little girl, and the obvious signs of sexual assault on her body are evidence in the case.

Closing arguments are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Following jury instructions, the seven men and five women will determine Frederiksen’s fate.