Dilley plea hearing set for next Friday

FORT DODGE – One of two people charged with murdering Steven Fisher, of Fort Dodge, may change his plea.

On Thursday, a plea hearing on Ronald Dilley’s behalf was set for 10:30 a.m. April 4.

Dilley, 29, and Holly N. Ekstrom, 23, both of Fort Dodge, previously pleaded not guilty to killing Fisher, 22, and leaving his body in a roadside ditch near Otho in July 2013.

Their trials were set to begin April 8.

Chief Judge Kurt Wilke, of the 2nd Judicial District, who is presiding over the case, said he has not received any indication that Ekstrom will change her plea.

Ekstrom has a trial-scheduling conference set for this morning.

Webster County Attorney Cori Kuhn Coleman didn’t have any further information on the plea hearing Thursday.

Fisher’s remains were found on July 10, 2013, by an Otho farmer. The remains were sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s crime lab and identified as Fisher’s on July 12.

That same day, Dilley and Ekstrom were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Both are being held in the Webster County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Fisher, who was last seen by friends during the latter part of the first week in July, was a 2009 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High. At the time of his death, he was working at Liguria Foods in Humboldt.

He also served in the Air National Guard as an aviation electronics technician and he was a former newspaper carrier for The Messenger.