Man’s trial in Mason City slayings moving to Fort Dodge

MASON CITY (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing two people in Mason City has been moved to Fort Dodge.
Peter Veal had requested a change of venue because of pretrial publicity in Cerro Gordo County. Court records say a judge granted the request Thursday and set a trial starting date of July 10 in Webster County District Court.
Veal has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of the attempted murder of a witness. Officers sent to a home in November to check reports of a shooting found the bodies of Caleb Christensen and Melinda Kavars. Autopsies showed Christensen died from several “sharp-force” injuries and Kavars died from a gunshot wound to her neck and chest.