A northern Indiana judge has delayed setting a trial date for a Fort Wayne man accused of bludgeoning to death a 9-year-old girl and dismembering her body.
The Journal Gazette reports that an Allen County judge will set 39-year-old Michael Plumadore’s trial date on Feb. 27. Defense attorneys filed a motion Wednesday asking the judge to appoint experts in the case.
Plumadore is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 death of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon. A probable cause affidavit says Plumadore fatally beat Aliahna with a brick.
Aliahna attended Winter Street Elementary School in Hagerstown from January to June 2011, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said.
Friends of Aliahna's family said that she moved to Indiana in July with her mother.
Aliahna's mother, Tarah Souders, moved to Indiana to take care of her sick father, who died earlier in December, according to published reports.
Authorities say Plumadore had been caring for the third-grader and her two younger sisters at the time because their mother was sick. He had been described as a trusted friend.