SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The trial for a Sioux City man charged in the death of a Hinton, Iowa woman will go on as scheduled following a status hearing Friday.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jordan Henry pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree arson in the death of 40-year-old Elizabeth Bockholdt.
On March 13, Henry had written a letter to Judge Steven Andreasen in which he said he wanted to change his plea to guilty.
In the letter, Henry tells Andreasen:
“I would like to plead guilty to the charges I am facing. I do not like all the publicity for me and my family’s sake. I am fully aware I would be pleading guilty to a life sentence. I just want to speed the process up and put this all in the past. I would like to be sentenced as soon as possible.”
During a status hearing Friday, Judge Andreasen asked Henry if he wanted to change his plea.
Henry’s attorney told the judge Henry now wants the letter to be withdrawn and asked to have the case go forward as it was previously set.
His trial is set to begin July 9 in Woodbury County District Court.
Judge Andreasen reminded Henry he has the choice to change his plea, if he so wishes. But, he also reminded Henry of what happens when he sends letters to the court.
“You need to be advised that copies of whatever you submit are going to be provided to Mr. Campbell and the county attorney’s office and anything that you might say in those letters could potentially be used against you,” says Hon. Steven Andreasen, District Court Judge.
According to a criminal complaint, on January 24 Henry strangled Bockholt to death in a hotel room at the Wingate Hotel on Southern Hills Drive, before setting the room on fire to cover up the incident.
The same report says Henry then removed the smoke alarm from the room before setting fire to the room.
He was identified on video by multiple witnesses as he fled from the room after the fire was set.
The complaint says Bockholt was Henry’s former girlfriend.