The man accused of sexual misconduct with a child pleads not guilty in a Linn County Courtroom.
According to Missouri’s Casenet system, 24-year-old Cody Lee Munsterman appeared in the courtroom within 48 hours of his arrest via video link with his attorney, Joshua Fay, appearing in person.
The defendant waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. The parties announced they were ready for a bond hearing. The state, represented by Special Prosecuting Attorney, Brian Keedy, presented evidence through a complaining witness “KM” and argued that Munsterman poses a safety risk to the complaining witness based on prior conduct and statements made at the time of the arrest. The defense argued that Munsterman would reside in his home in Brookfield with his child and fiance. The state presented credible evidence that the complaining witness fears for her safety should the defendant be released into the community.
Munsterman is a lifelong resident of the area with significant family ties to the community. The court denied a request for a bond change and sets the matter bond hearing on April 8, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.