Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Supreme Court appoints Greene County judge to handle Jalen Vaden murder case

The Missouri Supreme Court today appointed Greene County Circuit Court Judge Michael Cordonnier to handle the Jalen Vaden murder case.

Cordonnier, who has been a judge for 10 years, is the seventh to be put in charge of the case since Vaden was bound over for trial after waiving his preliminary hearing. Cordonnier became the presiding judge in Greene County earlier this year.

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. Vaden was the live-in boyfriend of the child's mother.

Cordonnier's appointment was made necessary after all trial court judges who were eligible to hear the case were eliminated from consideration.

Vaden's attorney, Tracey Martin, used her automatic removal to have Judge Dean Dankelston removed after Dankelson overruled Martin's motion that he take himself off the case because of his friendship with Jayda Kyle's grandfather, attorney Judd McPherson.

The remaining judges- David Mouton, John Nicholas, Gayle Crane, Stephen Carlton and Joseph Hensley, all recused, sending the case to the Supreme Court.

No date has been scheduled for Vaden's trial.

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