A new trial has been ordered for a Missouri man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 15-month-old daughter.
Trial is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17 for Travis Gerald Steed. Steed is charged with first-degree murder in the death of McKenna Jade White nearly two years ago.
The infant was found dead in her crib in a local motel on Feb. 26, 2006. Medical examiners say she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
White allegedly died while in Steed's care.
On June 12, Haney declared a mistrial after a 12-member jury could not reach a unanimous decision to find Steed guilty or not guilty of murder.
District Attorney Eddie Wyant refiled the case shortly after the judge's declaration. The toddler's mother, Catherine White, pleaded guilty in July to enabling child abuse and was sentenced to 25 years with all but 10 months suspended.
In other scheduled court activities in Ottawa County, Allen Richard Williams will stand trial for first-degree rape on Nov. 24.
Williams, 23, is accused or raping a female acquaintance on the morning of June 21. He was released from prison just weeks before the alleged attack. The victim told authorities she was awakened at 5:30 a.m. with Williams on top of her having sexual intercourse while an infant child was in bed with her. Williams allegedly entered the victim's home through a window.
Trial will begin Nov. 10, at 9:30 a.m. for a woman accused of causing injuries to her 5-month-old child in December of 2007.
Danyeal Nicole Childers admitted to authorities during an investigation that she hurt the child on numerous occasions since shortly after the child's birth.
A local orthopedic surgeon reported that the child had suffered a “basket handle” type break to the left ankle that is consistent with twisting.
After extensive examination of the child, it was discovered that the infant had suffered multiple fractures over a period of time, court records indicate.