Death of witness postpones man's child molestation trial

2014-03-24T20:15:00Z 2014-03-24T23:11:11Z Death of witness postpones man's child molestation trialLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 24, 2014 8:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The sudden death of an expert witness has postponed the child molesting trial against a Lake Station man.

Thad Dale Stewart Jr., 31, faces two Class A felony and two Class C felony charges of child molesting in a case that stems from May 2009. His trial was slated to begin Monday with jury selection in Judge Clarence Murray's Lake Criminal Courtroom.

However, defense attorney James Thiros told Murray about the death of Dr. John Pless, a pathologist/forensic scientist with the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Murray vacated Monday’s trial. Another court date on further proceedings is set for May 8.

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