FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne man accused of bludgeoning a 9-year-old girl to death and dismembering her body three days before Christmas is scheduled to stand trial in June.
Allen Superior Court John Surbeck on Monday ordered 39-year-old Michael Plumadore to stand trial on June 18. Plumadore is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 death of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon. A probable cause affidavit says Plumadore fatally beat Aliahna with a brick.
Authorities say Plumadore had been caring for the third-grader and her two younger sisters at the time because their mother was sick. The family had described him as a trusted friend before his arrest.
A pretrial hearing in the case has been scheduled for April 16.