Judge agrees to push back Northwood homicide trial

Published 10:23 am Friday, May 16, 2014

NORTHWOOD — A Worth County District Court judge has agreed to push back the trial for the man accused of stabbing a Northwood woman to death last summer.

Judge Colleen Weiland will have a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the new trial date for Tyrone Robin Washington Jr. The trial had been slated to begin June 2 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Washington earlier this month waived his right to have a jury trial within one year of his arraignment. Court documents stated Washington and his lawyers needed more time to prepare for trial, after prosecutors added additional witnesses mid-April. Some additional testing also needed to be done.

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Washington, 40, is accused of stabbing Justina Marie Smith, 30, to death on the morning of Aug. 5 in Swensrud Park before he reportedly fled the park in Smith’s 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix.

According to an autopsy, Smith died from what authorities described as “multiple sharp-force injuries.”

Washington faces one count of first-degree murder.