For the third time, Elmo Lee Greer Jr. has a trial date in his child abuse case.

Greer appeared before Senior Judge Gary Payne Friday for a status hearing where both parties stated they were ready to proceed with the trial.

Greer was scheduled to go trial Jan. 16 after Payne, a retired judge from Fayette County, was named to replace Judge Greg Lay who had recused himself from the case. However, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele said Payne approved a defense motion to continue the case. The motion was sealed in the court records which precluded Steele from commenting on the motion.

Greer’s trial begins March 29 and is expected to last two days.

Greer was indicted on assault and child abuse charges in April 2006 for allegedly punching the son of his then girlfriend, Krystal Vaughn. Vaughn reportedly brought the child to Marymount Medical Center for treatment of facial injuries including a broken nose.

Vaughn told police she found the child in the living room with Greer, bruised and bloody. When the child was asked what he had been struck with, he reportedly indicated a fist.

A trial date was set for Sept. 25, 2006, but the case was continued when Greer’s attorney, Warren Scoville, withdrew from the case.

In December, the defense asked Lay to recuse himself from the case because his wife works at the Cumberland Valley Children’s Advoca-cy Center where the child has been undergoing therapy.

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