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Man who asked for "Trial by Combat" in court for psych evaluation request

Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 19:49:30-05

HARLAN, Iowa (KMTV) -- — He grabbed attention across the country and the world by requesting a “Trial by Combat.”

David Ostrom is back in court in a custody hearing for his two kids in Shelby County, Iowa.

He says he doesn't want to hurt anyone but is fed up with, what he calls, rudeness and name calling by his ex-wife's attorney, Matthew Hudson.

Ostrom argued why he doesn't need a psychological evaluation, and why he should be able to see his children more.

Hudson asked Iowa District 4 Judge Craig Dreismeier to order him to have an evaluation after the “Trial by Combat” frenzy.

"I feel it's kind of ridiculous. There's been at least a couple other people in modern times that have requested ‘Trial by Combat’ and they simply get an answer from the court. They don't get a hearing to determine if they are psychologically fit or not," Ostrom explained.

Judge Dreismeier ordered that all case documents be sealed and to keep the public and media out of all hearings.

David says the judge has taken the arguments under advisement. It's unclear when a decision could be made or when another hearing will be set.

Hudson did not return a call for comment after the hearing.