Jasper County Circuit Court online records show Presiding Judge David Mouton has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to appoint a special judge to handle the case.
Vaden, 23, Carl Junction, is charged with second degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the December 1 death of Jayda Kyle, 3, at the home Vaden shared with the child's mother, Devyn Kyle.
The first judge assigned to the case in the trial division was Dean Dankelson. Vaden's attorney, Tracey Martin, filed a motion asking Dankelson to recuse because of his friendship with the victim's grandfather, attorney Judd McPherson.
When Dankelson overruled the motion, something that does not happen often, Martin used her one automatic change of judge request and the case was assigned to David Mouton, who recused October 1.
Since that time, the case has seen brief intervals with Gayle Crane, John Nicholas, Stephen Carlton and Hensley as judge.