Trial set for man accused of child sodomy
LACLEDE COUNTY — A man accused of assaulting and sexually abusing his 5-month-old daughter nearly eight years ago finally has a trial date, kicking an unusually long-lasting case into high gear.
Aaron Fisher, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to two counts of forcible sodomy, but later recanted, is scheduled for a jury trial in Laclede County on April 10, according to court documents.
In 2009, Fisher's daughter was admitted to an emergency room in a southern Missouri hospital with signs of abuse. Medical staff transferred her to University Hospital due to internal injuries stemming from sexual assault. The girl had an apparent skull fracture and broken bones.
In 2015, a Cole County judge dismissed charges in the case, leading a state lawmaker to call for an investigation of the decision. The judge believed Fisher had not been granted a fair and speedy trial — Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, didn't buy it, questioning the judge's logic.
The case has lasted for so long that in 2014, Fisher had to get a new public defender. After five years on the job, his previous counsel had retired.