One of Two Wapello County Men Charged in 2006 Murder Enters Not Guilty Plea

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Christopher Yenger and Zachary Dye (WHO-HD)
Christopher Yenger and Zachary Dye (WHO-HD)

WAPELLO COUNTY, Iowa — One of two Wapello County men charged in a cold case murder says he’s not guilty.

27-year-old Zachary Dye and 28-year-old Christopher Yenger are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Police say the two men set fire to a home in 2006, which killed 20-year-old Nathan Messer and 22-year-old Seth Anderson.

The initial investigation was unable to determine a cause of the fire.

However, investigators say new information in the case led to the arrest of Dye and Yenger on Tuesday.

Dye has entered a written plea of not guilty and will be in court next week for a preliminary hearing.

Yenger hasn’t entered a plea yet.

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