Thursday, September 13, 2012
A Butler County judge has dismissed the first-degree murder charge against a man accused of killing an 18-month-old girl.
Judge David Ricke dismissed the charge against Justin Edwards in Butler County court late Thursday afternoon.
Edwards had been charged with first-degree murder in the March 2012 death of Jayla Haag.
Ricke says the state did not provide sufficient evidence of the cause of death, but the charges can be refiled if the state is able to produce that evidence.
Jayla’s mother, Alyssa Haag, was also charged with first-degree murder and is currently out on bond. Her trial is scheduled to begin October 29.