SOUTH BEND -- Terry Sturgis is scheduled for trial next month on 14 criminal charges, despite his attorney's efforts to have some of the charges dismissed, or have them separated into two different trials.
At a hearing Thursday, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller denied attorney Jeff Kimmell's motions on behalf of Sturgis.
Sturgis is accused of beating his 10-year-old son to death and abusing his other children over a three-year period.
Kimmell had argued two of the charges -- one alleging neglect of Tramelle and the other alleging neglect of Tramelle's sibling -- lack specificity and made him unable to mount an effective defense. He asked that they be dismissed.
The state responded on Monday by filing a new affidavit from homicide detective Galen Pelletier which states the children told authorities about years of neglect and abuse at the hands of their father.
Kimmell had also requested that the case be separated into two trials -- one involving crimes allegedly committed on Nov. 4, the day of Tramelle's death, and the other concerning crimes that happened before then.