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Hearing delayed in Aliahna slaying

No decision to pursue death penalty

Plumadore

Accused child killer Michael Plumadore made a brief appearance in Allen Superior Court on Monday.

What was supposed to be a pretrial conference to make sure attorneys on both sides would be ready in June for Plumadore’s trial on murder charges was instead rescheduled for next month.

Plumadore, 39, is charged with killing and then dismembering the body of 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon in the days before Christmas.

He has been formally charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a body from the scene of a violent and suspicious death.

The case garnered national attention, first as Aliahna went missing in her trailer park and then days later as the grisly details emerged after authorities found part of her body in a gas station trash bin. Other parts of her body were found in a freezer in Plumadore’s trailer.

According to court records, he was baby-sitting Aliahna at the time of her death.

Wearing a striped orange and white jail jumpsuit and confined in shackles, Plumadore was brought into a courtroom Monday for about 10 minutes.

When the hearing was supposed to start, Allen County prosecutors and Plumadore’s defense team agreed to reschedule the hearing for May 1 to allow more time for preparation.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have made no decision in regard to pursuing the death penalty against Plumadore.

If they do decide to pursue the death penalty, the trial scheduled for June 18 can be delayed to give even more time for both sides to prepare the case..

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards can also seek a prison sentence of life without parole.

If neither option is pursued, Plumadore faces no more than 71 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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