A November trial date was set this week for the Newton man accused of murdering his 5-month-old son at the north-side Newton apartment he shared with the boy's mother in January 2012.
Joseph Olea, 25, will stand trial on charges of first degree murder and child endangerment resulting in the death of his son beginning Nov. 13 in Jasper County District Court after District Court Judge John Lloyd set the date following a pretrial conference on Monday.
Newton Police were called to an apartment at 210 E. 28th St. N. on Jan. 10, 2012 on report of suspected child abuse. Kaiden MIchael Olea was transported to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines where he later died of injuries to his head and neck.
Olea was charged in late July 2012 following a seven-month-long investigation by the Newton Police Department that determined blunt force injuries to the baby's head and neck allegedly resulted in his death.
He has been held in the Jasper County Jail on $250,000 bond since that time.
The boy's mother, Chelsea Miller, 25, was charged with felony child endangerment resulting in death for "having knowledge of Joseph Olea's violent tendancies" and permitting "him to be the sole caregiver of their child, which resulted in injuries and death."
She is scheduled to stand trial on July 10.