A speedy trial may not be in the offing for the man accused of the brutal beating of two-year-old Amanda Runyon earlier this year.
St. Clair County Circuit Judge John Baricevic granted a continuance until June 2 in criminal proceedings against Kraig A. Monroe Jr. He also set a bond reduction hearing
on May 13 at the St. Clair County Court House in Belleville.
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Monroe, 24, is being held in the St. Clair County Jail on $500,000 bond. He appeared in Baricevic’s courtroom for a status conference on his case on Wednesday afternoon.
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He acknowledged he understood Baricevic when he was asked if he understood what was being ordered but said nothing in court. The appearance only lasted a few minutes before he was led out of the courtroom by bailiffs.
Baricevic took the actions after Monroe had talked to his attorney, Rick Roustin. Roustin said Monroe maintains he is innocent and wanted a trial date set quickly
. Roustin told Baricevic that there was still evidence and discovery issues that he needed to be resolved.
“There are an awful lot of things to look at,” Russo said later. Russo said he didn’t think a trial would begin until mid-summer.
St. Clair County Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Sallerson said a trial has to begin 120 days after an arrest
. Monroe was arrested on March 2.
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Planning to attend the bond hearing and other court dates is Amanda Runyon’s grandmother Linda Ford. “I want to see justice,” Ford said after the hearing.
Ford said she believes Monroe is guilty but said Amanda’s mother, Dawn Obptande, should be punished. “They should both pay for it,” she said. She said she also was opposed to any reduction in Monroe’s bond
Ford said Runyon, who lives with her father, Eddie Runyon, in Morganfield, Ky., is continuing to recover.
A surgeon at Cardinal Glennon removed an 18-inch section of Amanda’s intestine after finding a tear in her bowel. He said she should not suffer long-term effects.
“She may need some counseling later on
,” Ford said. “A two-year-old can’t always tell you what’s making her unhappy.”