Trial pushed back for Layton man accused of killing toddler

Thursday , February 16, 2017 - 8:04 AM2 comments

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

FARMINGTON — The trial for a Layton man accused of beating a 2-year-old to death over potty training will be moved to a later date. 

Joshua Schoenenberger, 36, was scheduled to go to trial on March 9 in 2nd District Court in Farmington, but on Monday, Feb. 13, his defense attorney Edward Bass requested additional time to prepare for trial and retain a new medical expert witness.

A new trial date has not been set.

RELATED: Trial dates set for man accused of stomping to death a toddler

Schoenenberger is charged with one count of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; and a one count of child abuse, a second-degree felony, in the 2015 death of JJ Sieger. Schoenenberger has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Because the state declined to seek the death penalty against Schoenenberger, funding for a co-counsel was dropped, leaving Bass as Schoenenberger’s lone attorney, court documents say. Bass has not had the time to prepare Schoenenberger’s defense because he is representing three other clients in homicide cases that either had hearings or trials scheduled in January and February.

Bass also requested additional time to find a new medical expert witness because the medical examiner he’s used in similar cases retired since the trial was set.

The state did not oppose the request.

Schoenenberger’s next court appearance is scheduled at 8:55 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

Sieger was taken to Davis Hospital and Medical Center in the early morning hours of May 9, 2015. The boy was later flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center, where he died on May 11, 2015, after being taken off of life support, officials said.

Schoenenberger allegedly beat the boy because he soiled his diaper. 

Jasmine Bridgeman, the child’s mother, is serving at least a year and up to 15 years in prison for lying to investigators in the case.

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