SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The trial for a Sioux City man accused of killing a Hinton, Iowa, woman will now be a bench trial before a judge rather than a jury.
29-year-old Jordan Henry is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Elizabeth Bockholt.
Friday, a Woodbury County judge accepted Henry's waiver of his right to a jury trial. The judge also ruled to not strike defenses of insanity, diminished responsibility, and intoxication in his case. However, a defense of methamphetamine-induced psychosis was stricken.
Investigators say, in January 2019, Henry strangled Bockholt in a room at the Wingate Hotel in Sioux City, then set the room on fire to try to cover it up. Court documents say Bockholt was Henry's former girlfriend.