A new trial date of April 19 was set by Judge Jennifer McElfresh on Thursday for Peyton Michael Joseph McFarland, who is accused of stabbing his roommate to death in May
McFarland, 21 and of Monroe, was arrested on May 31, a day after the homicide, and charged with murder. He was later indicted for murder and felonious assault in the slaying of Christopher Hacker, 31.
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McFarland’s trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 11, but it has been continued at the request of the defense. Last month, attorney Frank Schiavone IV filed at motion for a continuance due to coronavirus concerns.
A trial date of June 7 was set for Mychel King, a Hamilton man charged with the 2016 shooting that killed a Fairfield High School senior.
King, 24, was arrested last month after he was indicted for the death of Jaylon Knight, who was found dead on March 11, 2016, in a car on Charles Street..
King, of Williams Avenue, is charged with murder, aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and a probation violation.
He is being held in lieu of $650,000 bond.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the homicide is believed to be a result of a drug deal that went bad.
Mychel King and his attorney Lawrence Hawkins III were in Butler County Common Pleas Court Thursday for King's arraignment. King is charged with aggravated murder in the 2016 shooting death of Jaylon Knight. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF