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Henry Dinkins Waives Right to Jury Trial

A memorial for Breasia Terrell at Monroe Elementary School.
A memorial for Breasia Terrell at Monroe Elementary School.

Today, 51-year-old Henry Dinkins of Davenport was set to go on trial in Cedar Rapids for killing a Davenport girl.

But the Quad-City Times reports Dinkins opted for a bench trial instead. That means the case will be decided by a judge, not a jury, and it will be held in Scott County.

Three years ago, 10-year-old Breasia Terrell was reported missing, and her body was found eight months later near DeWitt.


In 2021, Dinkins was charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Today, jury selection was scheduled to begin in Linn County. Now that it's a bench trial, it'll be held in Scott County starting Thursday.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.

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