Trials will begin in 2014 for couple arrested in death of boy at homeless shelter

CanadyTrial dates have been set for a couple arrested last year for allegedly murdering a 4-year-old boy, but those dates are likely to change in the coming weeks.

In a short hearing, Monday afternoon, Washington Court Circuit Judge Don Letourneau set trail dates for Jessica Dutro and Brian Canady, who have been held in Washington County Jail since last August, on charges that they abused and murdered Dutro’s 4-year-old son Zachary Dutro-Boggess.

Opening statements in Canady’s trail are set to begin July 14, 2014. Dutro’s opening statements will start Sept. 16, 2014.

DutroThose dates are likely to change, however, said Deputy District Attorney Megan Johnson, who is prosecuting the case. The judge announced on Monday that he would need to select new dates for pre-trial motions and opening statements. That decision is expected by the end of the week, Johnson said.

Harsher charges were brought against Dutro last month after new information came forward that she had allegedly abused another child, said Johnson. The child was reportedly not one of Dutro’s biological children.

Dutro faces charges of murder, murder by neglect, four counts of murder by abuse, as well as a second-degree assault charge.

The charges are similar to ones Canady faces. Canady is charged with murder, murder by neglect, second-degree assault and three counts of murder by abuse.

The couple is believed to have assaulted Zachary and two of his three siblings.

According to prosecutors, Canady beat the boy and kicked him in the stomach while he, Dutro and the children were staying at the Good Neighbor Center for about five weeks. The center is a homeless shelter for families located at 11130 S.W. Greenburg Road, in Tigard.

Prosecutors allege that Canady allegedly kicked the boy in the stomach while wearing shoes because Zachary wouldn’t listen.

The young boy did not receive medical attention and his symptoms worsened. By the next day he was vomiting and had diarrhea and collapsed at about 4 a.m., Aug. 14. He was rushed to a hospital after Canady and Dutro were unable to revive him.

Zachary died two days later.

Prosecutors say he died of blunt force trauma from the beating, and would likely have lived if he had received medical attention, but prosecutors say that neither Dutro nor Canady came forward for fear that their abuse would be discovered.

The couple were originally to be tried together in a trail that was set to begin this fall, but after new charges were brought against Dutro the the couple needed new trial dates, said Johnson, who has since opted to try the pair separately.

This story will be updated when new court dates are set

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