Security Tight As Plumadore Learns Trial Date In Dismemberment Murder

By Max Resnik
By Nicole Hahn
By Jeff Neumeyer

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It could be a day of reckoning in one of Fort Wayne's biggest murder cases in years.

Michael Plumadore on Monday learned his trial date in a horrific child killing.

Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck decided June 18th is when evidence will be presented in the slaying of 9-year old Aliahna Lemmon.

Plumadore was babysitting Aliahna and her siblings around Christmas time, when the girl disappeared.

Police say after he was pressed in an interview, Plumadore admitted he killed Lemmon and then dismembered the body, placing pieces in freezer bags, including some disposed of in a dumpster.

Women with a group called "Wings of Innocence" showed up to watch the court proceedings.

The effort stems from the fact the girl's mother has stayed in the background.

Kristy Williams/Supports Aliahna Lemmon: " We're all mothers and we're here to support her. It has affected the community in a big way, just something that we felt, in our hearts, that we needed to do, and that's what we're here for."

Everyone is wondering whether Plumadore will eventually face the death penalty in this case.

The prosecutor's office has not filed a motion seeking the death penalty, and won't comment on that right now.

Even if such a filing occurs, it might simply take place to give the state leverage in securing a guilty plea for life without parole or some other serious punishment.

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