Second District Judge David Roth has been assigned to preside over a March 2 hearing to determine when and where accused child-killer Steven Ray James will be tried, 1st District Court officials said Friday.
Last month, the Utah Supreme Court granted James a change of venue, allowing the trial to be moved out of Cache Valley. Defense attorneys had challenged a ruling that James should be tried in Logan.The case then was turned over to Roth after both 1st District judges removed themselves from the proceedings. James is charged with first-degree murder in the August 1986 slaying of his 3-month-old son, Steven Roy James.
The father reported the infant was abducted Aug. 25, 1986. The boy's body was found by duck hunters Oct. 11, 1986, in a Bear River marsh. Two weeks later, the suspect was charged in the slaying.