Preliminary hearing delayed for Saxonburg man accused in burning of 7-year-old boy
The Butler County District Attorney's Office has requested time to interview a “third party” witness in the case against a Saxonburg man accused in a series of assaults on his girlfriend's son.
District Judge Lewis Stoughton granted the prosecution's request to reschedule Tuesday's preliminary hearing for Edward Myers, 36.
Myers' attorney, Gerald Cassady, said he believes the witness is a juvenile who was in Myers' Carol Drive home on May 25 when Myers is accused of intentionally injuring the 7-year-old boy and then not getting him medical attention.
“We are hopeful that this will provide information that is valuable for his defense,” Cassady said.
Myers is accused of pouring flammable nail polish remover on the boy and watching as a juvenile in the house set the liquid aflame.
The boy suffered third-degree burns on his chest, neck and face. He spent several weeks at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh.
Myers is also accused of shooting the child with an AirSoft BB rifle, causing multiple bruises. According to police, two boys, ages 11 and 15, participated.
The incidents occurred when Myers' girlfriend left her son in Myers' care for about seven hours.
Myers allegedly filmed the attacks with a cellphone. Cassady said Tuesday he hasn't had an opportunity to review video evidence.
Myers is charged with aggravated assault, related charges and two drug offenses. He is being held in the Butler County jail on $250,000 bond.
His preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Aug. 13.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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