Judge Releases Iowa Murder Defendant to Minnesota Home

John Bloomfield

A judge says a cancer-stricken 73-year-old man accused of killing his wife in 1997 can leave an Iowa prison and live at his Minnesota home until trial.

 

Judge Paul Miller ruled Tuesday that John Bloomfield will be on house arrest at his St. Paul, Minn., residence until the July 8 trial.

 

Bloomfield had been housed at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville, where he was receiving treatment for prostate cancer. He may only have months to live.

 

His attorney requested Bloomfield’s release so he could get better medical care and be more accessible as they prepare their defense.

 

Prosecutors resisted the request, saying similar treatment had not been afforded to any other murder defendant in recent decades.

 

Bloomfield is charged in the slaying of 57-year-old Frances Bloomfield.

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