JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - Updated: 6/1/2018 10:00 A.M.
Trial for Benjamin Taylor, accused of sexually assaulting and killing an infant in Jackson County, has been continued by Circuit Court Judge Craig Tatterson.
An order filed at the Jackson County Circuit Clark's office says Judge Tatterson granted a motion from Taylor's attorney to withdraw from the case. The judge is to appoint new a new defense attorney.
No new trial date has been set.
A pre-trial for a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing an infant took place Thursday afternoon in Jackson County.
32 year-old Benjamin Taylor of Cottageville is charged with murder, sexual assault and child abuse in connection with the death of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer.
He was escorted into circuit court at the Jackson County Court House Thursday in a bullet proof vest and helmet. No cameras or recording devices were allowed in the court room.
Investigators say in October of 2016, Emmaleigh's mom found the baby in the basement of her apartment unresponsive and covered in blood. Investigators say Taylor was the mom's boyfriend.
After a few announcements, the state lobbied to close the court room to the public and media, stating that lab results that would be dissected during the pre-trial would be harmful for future jurors.
At that time our reporter was escorted from the court room with other media and family.
Taylor's trial is set for June 4th.
UPDATE 11/1/2016 10:30 AM
A grand jury in Jackson County has indicted 32-year-old Benjamin Taylor of Cottageville in the death of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer.
Taylor is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, death of a child by child abuse, first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a guardian. The felony-murder charge means the murder is alleged to have taken place during a sexual assault.
The baby died last month at a Charleston hospital, days after Taylor allegedly sexually assaulted her in the basement at a residence in Ripley that Taylor shared with the baby’s mother, Amanda Adkins.
Taylor was arraigned on Oct. 12, at which time a magistrate found probable cause to send the case to Jackson County Circuit Court.
He currently is at the South Central Regional Jail.