Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Judge John Nicholas assigned to Jalen Vaden murder trial, trial no longer set for April
The assignment was made today, according to online Jasper County Circuit Court records and makes Nicholas the fourth judge to be assigned to the case since Vaden was bound over for trial.
Nicholas follows in the footsteps of Gayle Crane, who recused herself Tuesday.
Vaden's attorney, Tracey Martin filed a motion to have the first judge, Dean Dankelson to recuse himself because he was friends with three-year-old murder victim Jayda Kyle's grandfather, attorney Judd McPherson.
When Dankelson overruled the motion, Martin exercised Vaden's right to ask for one change of judge and it was granted.
Mouton received the case on January 22 and it remained in his court until he recused on October 1.
With the changes in judge, the original trial date of April 15 has been stricken.
Vaden, 23, Carl Junction, is charged with second degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the December 1, 2017 death of Jayda Kyle. The child died at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City three days after she was hospitalized due to abuse that took place at her home at 405 Meadow Lake, Carl Junction. Vaden was the live-in boyfriend of Jayda Kyle's mother, Devyn Kyle.