By PETER HUSSMANN
A trial date was set today for the Grinnell man who lost his legal odyssey to suppress evidence that led to a charge of vehicular homicide being brought against him more than three years ago.
Lee Alan Breuer, 52, will stand trial on the charge on Aug. 15 in Jasper County District Court following legal proceedings before Judge Martha Mertz.
Breuer was charged in late 2008 following a single vehicle accident east of Newton on Highway 6 that claimed the life of a woman.
Earlier this year, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that his constitutional rights were not violated when a blood sample was taken that showed he was legally drunk following the accident. Breuer had been fighting to have the blood sample suppressed as evidence because the search warrant allowing for the blood draw to be taken was not physically present when the sample was taken at a Grinnell hospital following the accident.
Judge Mertz also today allowed Breuer to travel out of state as long as he continues to be present for all scheduled court appearances.
His attorney, Richard Phelps, withdrew his request to withdraw as Breuer's attorney.
A pretrial conference is set for July 16.