The Aaron Michael Fisher trial has been rescheduled once again, ordered stricken and reset by Judge Peggy Richardson after granting a motion to withdraw from Fisher’s defense attorney.

The Aaron Michael Fisher trial has been rescheduled once again, ordered stricken and reset by Judge Peggy Richardson after granting a motion to withdraw from Fisher’s defense attorney.

Fisher, 28, the former Miller County father accused of brutally assaulting his infant daughter in 2009, had been scheduled to stand trial on April 10, 2017 and then again on July 31, 2017 before several motions were taken up by Richardson, which ultimately continued the case initially filed in November 2016.

Richardson, the newest circuit judge in the 26th Judicial Circuit, was assigned to the case in early 2017 after a change of venue from Miller County to Laclede County and a request for a new judge was granted.

On Monday, July 17, 2017, Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Winfrey appeared on behalf of the state. Fisher, in custody, along with Attorney Kimberly Kollmeyer was in the courtroom for the pre-trial conference/motions hearing in regards to the case.

Richardson sustained Kollmeyer’s motion to withdraw from the case over Winfrey’s objection and also granted a motion to endorse additional witnesses filed on behalf of Winfrey. The trial has been stricken and reset for an undecided date, according to

Previously in February 2017, Richardson had accepted Fisher’s waiver for a speedy trial, while dismissing three motions for dismissal as well as a bond reduction.

Fisher, formerly of Brumley, was ordered released in 2015 while awaiting trial on two counts of forcible sodomy by Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce after his defense attorney successfully argued his right to a speedy and fair trial was violated by the Miller County judicial system due to several continuances and delays. An initial request by Fisher for a speedy trial was followed by unclear documentation regarding which party was responsible for multiple subsequent continuances.

The first-degree assault charge, stemming from the same incident on Oct. 27, 2009 but pertaining to serious physical injury, was filed by Winfrey a little over a year after Fisher was released and had moved back to Toledo, Ohio. Fisher faces 10 to 30 years or life imprisonment in the Missouri Department of Corrections, if convicted of the Class A felony.

On Nov. 16, 2016 a warrant for the arrest of Fisher was ordered under conditions of a $100,000 bond, no contact with the victim(s) and a GPS monitoring device. Fisher was arrested in Ohio and transferred back to Miller County within a couple of weeks, where he has remained in law enforcement custody for the last three and a half months.

Fisher was initially arrested in October 2009. Former Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard charged Fisher with two counts of forcible sodomy against the man's five-month-old infant daughter from an Oct. 27, 2009 incident.

On the afternoon of Oct. 28, 2009, the victim was admitted to Lake Regional Hospital with apparent signs of physical and sexual child abuse, according to investigators.

"Specifically, the child was diagnosed with numerous facial; bruises, a left acute mildly displaced comminuted left parietal and non displaced left occipital skull fracture, a large scalp contusion; an acute bilateral frontal subarachnoid and parafalcine subdural hemorrhages; and extensive pre, intra, and sub retinal hemorrhages," according to the probable cause statement.

The infant and a two-year-old sibling were placed in emergency protective care and were later adopted after Fisher and the mother, Samantha Widman, lost their parental rights. Widman plead guilty to child endangerment and was placed on probation.

"The above named defendant further disclosed that [the victim] wouldn't stop crying after he sodomized her, so he hit her in the head with his fist as hard as he could. The above defendant stated he wanted [victim)] to die," according to the statement.

According to court documents, Fisher was considered a danger to the public. His mother allegedly fled to another state after reportedly being assaulted by him. Fisher is considered a flight risk because he had previously lived most of his life in Michigan and most recently Ohio, according to the document.

On Oct. 29, 2009, Fisher confessed to assaulting and sodomizing his infant daughter, but later recanted the confession before a scheduled court hearing and claimed to have forgotten what happened. The confession was thrown out of the record.

While being held without bond, Fisher was charged with damaging jail property. He served his sentence on that charge while being held on the initial case.