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Trial for Dan Morrissey, dad of missing Iowa girl Lyric Cook-Morrissey, delayed due to "recent events," judge says

Misty and Dan Morrissey speak to the media near Meyers Lake where their daughter Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and her cousin Elizabeth Collins, 8, disappeared AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

(CBS/AP) WATERLOO, Iowa - An Iowa judge delayed a drug and domestic abuse trial on charges pending against Daniel Morrissey, the father of one of the missing Iowa cousins who disappeared earlier this month.

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On Friday, District Judge Andrea Dryer pushed back the trial date for four criminal cases pending against Morrissey until Aug. 28. The cases were initially scheduled for trial Tuesday, but the judge told Morrissey she understood why "recent events" made it difficult for him to prepare his defense.

Morrissey is the father of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey, who vanished on July 13 with her 8-year-old cousin Elizabeth Collins after they left to ride bikes in Evansdale. He has come under scrutiny because of his links to the region's methamphetamine trade but police said they don't consider him a suspect in the girls' disappearance.

Complete coverage of the missing Iowa cousins on Crimesider

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