Updated: New Trial Date Set For Landon Evans Case

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

Updated: 04/14/2010 5:30 pm

A new trial date has been set for the man Washington County authorities say killed and then burned his newborn child.

At a hearing Wednesday for Landon Evans, his public defender withdrew from the case and he was assigned two new attorneys by the Ohio Public Defenders Office.

The defense also filed a motion to continue the trial which was set to start on May 11th.

A new trial date was set for November 1, 2010.

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The man accused of killing and then burning his newborn child faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Twenty-six-year-old Landon Evans was indicted by a Washington County grand jury on two counts of aggravated murder

The aggravated murder charge is a capital offense.

If convicted of those charges, Evans could face the death penalty under Ohio law.

This is the first capital murder charge in Washington County in 25 years.

In addition to the aggravated murder charges, Evans also faces two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse and attempted murder.

All of the charges stem from an incident in June 2008 when police say Evans had a sexual relationship with an underage female resulting in the birth of a baby girl at a Marietta motel.

Detectives say the baby was killed, burned and her remains disposed of somewhere in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Evans is due to be arraigned on the charges on April 7th.


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