Las Vegas, Nevada: Brandon Toseland, 36, faces 12 felony charges related to the death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son Mason Dominguez and the abuse of Mason's sister.
Mason's mother last saw her son on December 11, 2021, and it was not until she was able to slip a note to one of her daughter's teachers in February that law enforcement began to investigate what was happening inside the home.
Toseland's trial was initially scheduled to begin on December 5, 2022, but has now been rescheduled to begin on October 16, 2023. A status hearing is scheduled for February 28, 2023.
Both the prosecution and defense believe that the trial will last for multiple weeks.
The Las Vegas Review Journal was present in the court room for the hearing on Tuesday.
Toseland alleged that he had not spoken to his attorney since April and said, "I would request that the court at least have Mr. Mueller come talk to me in person so that I can go over different circumstances that happened during this alleged accusations as well as things going on after my arrest."
District Judge Carli Kierny told Toseland that he could fire his attorney if he wished, but she could not dictate how his attorney interacted with him.
Toseland faces the death penalty if he is convicted as charged. He remains in the Clark County Detention Center without bail.
The charges against Toseland include murder, child abuse, neglect or endangerment and kidnapping a minor resulting in substantial bodily harm.
Toseland remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.