Man pleads not guilty

State Center man accused of attempted murder of his father


The man accused of stabbing his father during an altercation at their State Center residence last month has plead not guilty to attempted murder.

Brian Wayne Wengert, 44, submitted his plea on the attempted murder count and three other charges in Marshall County District Court late last week. He also plead not guilty to domestic abuse while using or displaying a dangerous weapon, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and willful injury causing serious injury.

Back on Oct. 21, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wengert after a sheriff’s deputy found his father, Randy Wengert, 70, lying in the yard of their State Center residence suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Randy Wengert was transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown, and later moved to a trauma unit at a Des Moines hospital.

After initially tending to the the elder Wengert and calling for medical personnel, deputies entered the residence to check on the welfare of Randy Wengert’s wife and their son, Brian. The officers removed Mrs. Wengert out of the residence and detained the son, following a brief struggle.

Following the execution of a search warrant at the residence, authorities found a large knife believed to have been used in the assault as well as meth and other drug paraphernalia.

Brian Wengert has a history of criminal behavior. According to Iowa Courts Online, he has previously be charged with multiple crimes including assault, accessory to a felony, drunk driving, interference with official acts, harassment, a violation of a no contact order, public intoxication and multiple traffic infractions.

He currently is being held in the Marshall County Jail on a $25,000 bond. A pretrial conference is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 29 at the Marshall County Courthouse, followed by a jury trial at 9 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2018.