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Dahms' attorneys file motions, set dates for trial


PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -- A man accused of killing a woman and stabbing two others learns he will stand trial next year. Attorneys for 20-year-old Tyler Dahms said they're planning for January.

Dahms didn't appear before the judge on Monday but his attorneys presented four motions for the court to consider before the case can go to trial. They said they want to split up the charges, separating burglary and homicide counts for the trial.

Dahms is accused of killing Karen Dombrowski and stabbing her husband and brother-in-law after they broke up a party in Portage County in May. Dahms is also charged with burglary and theft.

"They believe they've got a defense, whether it's self defense or whatever it might be," said Portage County Assistant District Attorney David Knaapen. "That is an affirmative defense, so if they believe that they can prove that, that could be the basis for a jury to find him not guilty."

Dahms' attorneys also asked the judge to suppress statements Dahms made before he got a lawyer. They discussed moving the trial to another county, or bringing in jurors from somewhere else, but decided not to pursue those motions.

The judge set a tentative start date for the trial as January 23rd but that could change depending on the outcome of the motion hearing. The motion hearing has been set for November 11th at the Portage County courthouse.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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