A judge in northern Iowa has denied a man's request to delay his upcoming murder trial.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports James Farnsworth II will stand trial starting Jan. 14 in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

Judge Colleen Weiland made her ruling Wednesday after reviewing the various trial and time commitments of the court and counsel.

Farnsworth is charged with first-degree murder in the April 14 slaying of 23-year-old Ian Decker.

Farnsworth is free on a $200,000 cash bond.