MARION — The man accused in Williamson County of killing a 3-month-old infant last year is still awaiting a jury trial date.

As previously reported by The Southern, officers responded to a call at about 9:39 p.m. Nov. 23, 2018, in Marion, after a woman had reported that her child was being abused. The woman was gone when officers arrived. However, the baby's father, Devin O’Daniell, was seen walking away from the area. He was arrested by Marion Police Department officers.

The mother had already taken the infant to Heartland Regional Medical Center when police arrived. He was later transported to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he died at 4:04 p.m. Nov. 26, 2018.

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O’Daniell, 26, was initially charged with domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery to a child. He was also charged later with first-degree murder in the child’s death.

During a pretrial hearing Monday, Therese Thien, O’Daniell’s defense attorney, told the court that she had received the autopsy of the victim and was caught up with discovery — she said she had everything the state had — but still needed at least another pretrial hearing before a jury setting could be scheduled.

The state said it was ready to go to trial. O’Daniell's next pretrial hearing is at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Jackson County.

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