The Newton man accused of intentionally inflicting unreasonable force that resulted in the death of his infant son more than two years ago will appear at a final pretrial conference on Friday in advance of his first degree murder trial set for Tuesday in Jasper County District Court.
District Court Judge Randy Hefner ordered today that Joseph Olea appear at the court hearing Friday where a number of matters pertaining to next week's jury trial will be discussed.
Olea, 25, is charged with first degree murder and felony child endangerment for the death of his 5-month-old son, Kaiden Michael Olea. He is accused of inflicting blunt force injuries to the head and neck of the boy at their eastside Newton apartment in January 2012 that resulted in his death. The charges were filed in July 2012 following a seven-month investigation by Newton police.
Police were called to an apartment at 210 E. 28th St. N. on Jan. 10, 2012 on a report of suspected child abuse. The baby was transported to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines where he later died from his injuries.
The boy's mother, Chelsea Miller, 25, who is expected to testify on behalf of the prosecution at Olea's murder trial, is charged with felony child endangerment resulting in death as a result of her son's death. She is scheduled to stand trial on March 5.
Judge Hefner spelled out a number of matters to be discussed at Friday's court hearing, including:
- scheduling and duration of the trial
- pending motions (including the defense motion that evidence pertaining to Olea's prior criminal convictions, illegal prescription drug use and results of polygraph test be excluded from admission at trial)
- evidentiary issues, including anticipated objections to exhibits
- jury selection procedures
- courthouse security
- expanded media coverage issues
Olea has been held at the Jasper County Jail on $25,000 bond since his arrest.
Jury selection is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Jasper County Courthouse.