CELINA — A Fort Recovery man facing the death penalty over the killing of a child was assigned a trial date for Oct. 2.
Cory Eischen, 40, appeared at a hearing Friday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. Visiting Judge Randall Basinger also set a motion hearing for July 5.
Eischen is charged with aggravated murder with a death penalty specification, two counts of murder, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of felonious assault, two counts of endangering children and domestic violence. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Eischen is charged in the Sept. 25 death of 4-year-old Jaxxen Baker inside a home at 5098 Rauh Road outside Fort Recovery. Deputies were called to the home for an unresponsive child after a woman picking up another child saw Baker unresponsive.
Basinger was assigned to the case after Judge Jeffrey Ingraham took a leave of absence in April following some health problems. Ingraham is expected to return to the bench sometime in June but Basinger will remain on Eischen’s case so it’s not going back and forth between judges.
Also at the hearing Friday, attorneys went over various motions including those that dealt with jury questionnaires and other issues dealing with the selection of a jury.
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