Trial date set in missing baby Elaina case
The case against an east Toledo man charged in connection to the case of missing toddler, Elaina Steinfurth, will head to trial later this month.
At a court hearing Thursday, a judge scheduled a trial in the case against Steven King Jr. to begin Sept. 16.
King has pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing justice. King is the ex-boyfriend of Elainaâ??s mother, Angela Steinfurth. The former couple were last people seen with baby Elaina before she went missing June 2.
Investigators said King made false statements to Toledo Police during the investigation into Elainaâ??s disappearance. Authorities filed a complaint July 22 after reviewing interview videos.
At a pre-trial hearing on Aug. 8, an Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor referred to the case as a homicide investigation. A criminal defense expert, Attorney Lorin Zaner, said the word, "homicide," can be used to pressure defendants to cooperate. WATCH: An explanation as to why the word was used.
"By making that kind of a claim, it puts a whole lot more pressure on the defendants to cooperate, and potentially work out some kind of deal if they know anything. If they were involved." Zaner said.
Family members of Elaina Steinfurth are wanting justice. Elaina's grandfather, Terry Steinfurth Jr., attended King's pre-trial hearing Thursday. He said his family will not leave court until they find answers.
WATCH: Elaina's grandfather wants the suspect to know they will be in court watching.
Angela Steinfurth also faces charges of obstructing justice. She made her fourth court appearance Wednesday, but the case was scheduled for another pre-trial hearing Sept. 25. Angelaâ??s attorney has asked for additional time to review the 30 hours of video interviews collected during the investigation.