Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Judge Crane recuses herself from Jalen Vaden murder case
Judge Gayle Crane, who was just assigned to the case last week, recused herself today, according to Jasper County Circuit Court online records.
The case has been sent to the presiding judge for reassignment and it is looking more and more likely that it may be handled by an out-of-county judge.
As with Judge David Mouton's recusal, no documents accompanied Crane's recusal, just a notation in the file.
Vaden, 23, Carl Junction, is charged with second degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the December 1, 2017 death of three-year-old 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.
It remains to be seen if the changes in judge will have any effect on the scheduled trial date of April 15, 2019.