David Strand's jury trial for first-degree theft has been continued to Thursday, Nov. 14.
It had been scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 5, in Winneshiek County District Court. However, the defendant's attorney, Leon Spies of Iowa City, filed a motion for a continuance that was not resisted by the prosecution. In an order filed Friday, Judge Joel Dalrymple of Waterloo, who has been specially assigned to the case, also reset Strand's pretrial conference for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
Strand, 54, of Decorah, is charged with taking more than $10,000 from a trust fund belonging to a client.
Court documents said Strand "unlawfully and willfully" misappropriated funds in his attorney trust account belonging to the Shiloh Deal Estate, "by using or disposing of the property in a manner inconsistent with or a denial of the trust or owner's rights in the property."
The incident occurred on or about Nov. 9, 2010.
Last month, Randal Deal filed a victim restitution claim in the case which states his losses from the defendant's crime total $129,000 in stolen insurance payments.
Strand also has been charged with commission of specified unlawful activity for committing theft, "an act for financial gain on a continuing basis," from July 20, 2009, through Sept. 20, 2012. Strand's license to practice law in the state of Iowa was suspended last fall.
Commission of unlawful activity is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and first-degree theft is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.