Researcher charged with murder asks to return to MN

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A Minnesota man charged with killing his wife in Iowa in 1997 is asking to be allowed to live in his home until the trial.

John Bloomfield's attorney revealed that he has prostate cancer and may have only months to live Thursday when he asked a judge to allow the 71-year-old to be released from custody and live under electronic monitoring at home in St. Paul, Minn.

Bloomfield was charged in November in the strangling death of his wife. He was a University of Iowa researcher then. Investigators say they've developed DNA and hair evidence implicating Bloomfield, who has pleaded not guilty.

Attorney Leon Spies says Bloomfield would be better treated by his Minnesota doctors. He says his client would pay for electronic monitoring.

Assistant Johnson County Attorney Jude Pannell resisted Bloomfield's request for pretrial release. He says Bloomfield's condition is stabilizing and he's receiving excellent medical care at a prison hospital.

Judge Paul Miller says he'll rule soon.

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