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Shelton trial delayed
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MONROE - The trial of a Brodhead man charged in the death of his 2-month-old son has been rescheduled for January.

Green County Circuit Court Judge James Beer scheduled Casey J. Shelton's trial to begin Jan. 12. The trial for Shelton, 32, is expected to last until Jan. 16. Shelton's trial was scheduled to take place in August.

The court rescheduled the trial to allow Shelton's attorney, Michael Murphy, more time to interview witnesses.

The court also separated the three charges against Shelton.

Shelton's January trial will be for the charge of first-degree reckless homicide.

It is alleged in the criminal complaint that Shelton shook his 2-month-old son, Christopher, and caused the child to hit his head on an object which caused the child to die.

A two-day trial for two other counts against Shelton, both for physical abuse of a child, is scheduled to begin Feb. 4.

It is alleged that Shelton fractured Christopher's ribs. It is also alleged he grabbed Christopher's twin brother, Charles, by the front of a sleeper and threw him to the floor, causing injuries to the child.

Shelton is charged with first-degree reckless homicide, a class B felony, and two counts of child abuse, one a class G felony and one a class H felony. He faces up to 76 years in prison and up to $35,000 in fines, if convicted.

He was arrested May 14, 2007 in Rock County. He remains jailed on a $100,000 cash bond.

Court records indicate Shelton called 911 on Feb. 28, 2007 and told them he needed an ambulance at his residence in Decatur township because his baby stopped breathing. He told emergency responders he was feeding the baby when the baby began to choke.

Christopher was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Janesville.