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August 23. 2013 6:09PM
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LIMA ó A man facing the death penalty in the beating death of a woman two weeks ago is scheduled to stand trial May 9.

Hager Church is facing charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Church appeared briefly in court Tuesday to waive his right to a speedy trial allowing his legal team more time to prepare for his trial next year. He is charged in the Aug. 16 slaying of 49-year-old Debra Henderson in her home at 619 Woodward Ave.

Henderson died from head injuries. Hendersonís slaying was the cityís first homicide of the year. There have been three in the past two weeks, police said.

Judge Richard Warren also scheduled pretrials for Oct. 20, Nov. 23, Jan. 12 and April 27 in Churchís case.

Churchís case is the second on-going death penalty case pending with the Allen County Prosecutorís Office. Demond Jones, 37, is charged with aggravated murder with a gun, aggravated burglary and having a gun under a court sanction.

Jones is charged in the Feb. 27 slaying of Marjorie Williams. She was shot in the head inside her home at 1907 Zeits Ave. The shooting occurred just after Jones broke into her home. He is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 30.

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