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Trial date set for Jake Gastler

Jake Gastler is facing charges of first-degree assault and second-degree murder for assaulting a father and son.


A Callaway County man facing murder and assault charges for allegedly attacking a father and son is one step closer to being tried for his alleged crimes.


On Monday, a Callaway County judge picked a trial date for Jake Gastler.


Gastler is accused of assaulting 57 year-old Michael O'Connor and his son, 30 year-old Zachary O'Connor in August 2013.


The younger O'Connor was found dead at the scene.


Gastler requested a change of venue February 25. Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson said Gastler will either be tried in Callaway County with a jury from outside the county, or the trial will be moved to a different county.


Wilson said his office will learn the exact date of the trial within seven to 10 days.

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