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Judge delays trial for father of missing Iowa girl


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has delayed a drug and domestic abuse trial on charges pending against the father of one of two missing Iowa cousins.

District Judge Andrea Dryer on Friday pushed back the trial date for four criminal cases pending against Daniel Morrissey until Aug. 28.

The cases had been scheduled for trial Tuesday, but the judge told Morrissey she understood why "recent events" made it difficult for him to prepare his defense.

Morrissey is the father of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, who vanished July 13 with her 8-year-old cousin Elizabeth Collins after they left to ride bikes in Evansdale.

Morrissey declined comment as he left the courthouse Friday.

He has come under scrutiny because of his links to the region's methamphetamine trade but isn't considered a suspect in the girls' disappearance.

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