Where many murder trials are not held until years after the crime took place, Vaden's attorney, Tracey Martin, Joplin, filed a motion for a speedy trial this afternoon in Jasper County Circuit Court.
Vaden is charged with second degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the death of three-year-old Jayda Kyle.
That requires the trial to be held within six months.
The motion was one of several filings by Martin this afternoon, including deposition notices that will require key prosecution witnesses to answer questions under oath.
Devyn Kyle, the mother of three-year-old murder victim Jayda Kyle, and Carl Junction Police Chief Delmar Haase will be deposed beginning at 1 p.m. February 9
That would indicate that at some point Martin will have the chance to take sworn testimony from McPherson.
A list of prosecution witnesses was filed this morning with the glaring omission of McPherson, who was alleged in Children's Division documents of attempting to manipulate the murder investigation.
Carl Junction officers responded to the home shared by Devyn Kyle and Vaden at 405 Meadow Lake November 28 to a report of a child who had been found in her bedroom unresponsive.
Jayda Kyle was taken to Mercy Hospital, Joplin, then airlifted to Children's Mercy Hospital where doctors determined she had "abusive head trauma." She died December 1. The autopsy confirmed the child abuse diagnosis.
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