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Iowa judge approves cameras in kidnapping trial

By The Associated Press

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A judge has approved a newspaper’s request for cameras in the courtroom during the trial of an Ottumwa man charged with second-degree kidnapping for allegedly taking a 9-year-old girl from a school bus stop.

Court records said Brendan Stanley, 29, abducted Gloria Bonilla Lopez while she waiting for a bus at an Ottumwa elementary school on Oct. 7. The girl and Stanley were found later that day.

School officials said Stanley was a former employee of the school. Police described him as an acquaintance of the Lopez family.

Judge Michael Mullins on Dec. 12 approved a request by The Ottumwa Courier for cameras in the courtroom, the newspaper reported. Defense attorney Leslie Lamping had objected to the request.

Mullins also considered two other issues in the case. He said the issue of a psychiatric evaluation of Stanley requested by his attorney would be decided at a later date.

Wapello County Attorney Mark Tremmel, who is prosecuting the case, and Lamping argued over how much could be spent for the evaluation and whether or not the information must be shared with the prosecution.

Mullins also told Lamping to get the court’s approval before using a Spanish language interpreter in the case.

Lamping had hired someone to translate a document written by Stanley in Spanish.

Tremmel objected because he said Stanley is fluent in English and Spanish.

Stanley’s next appearance in Wapello County District Court is set for Dec. 19.


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