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Lewis Co. murder suspect to be tried in Scotland Co.

Lewis Co. murder suspect to be tried in Scotland Co.

4 months ago by Scott Hardy

Marcus Mays is charged in 2018 death of a 2-year old girl

A La Grange man, charged with murder in the August 2018 death of a child he was watching, will go on trial in September, but not in Lewis or Adair Counties.

At a hearing Thursday held via video in Lewis County Circuit Court, a change of venue request from Marcus Mays was granted. Mays will now go on trial in Scotland County Circuit Court, starting September 26th. His case was due to be moved from Lewis County to Adair County on a change of venue. Mays has pleaded Not Guilty to counts of 1st degree murder, child endangerment and seven counts of child abuse. Mays was charged based on an incident in mid-August 2018 at his trailer where he was watching 2-year-old Taylen Allen. Mays was arrested after the child was taken to Blessing Hospital with severe injuries. She died five days later at Children's Hospital in St. Louis, after allegedly being hit in the head numerous times. A preliminary autopsy report revealed in court blamed the child's death on Mays.

He's in the Marion County Jail on $1 million cash-only bond.

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