A Calhoun County judge on Tuesday set a January trial date for an Eastaboga man charged in connection with the 2015 stabbing death of his wife.
Oxford police responded to a Beck Road home in Bynum on a domestic dispute call in August 2015 and found Teneshia Varner, 32, stabbed to death. Varner’s husband, 35-year-old Deandre Varner, was charged with murder the day after the woman’s death.
On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Brian Howell met with prosecutors, Oxford police investigators and Varner’s attorneys, David Johnston and Will Clay.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Lynn Hammond told Howell that evidence for the case was turned over to attorney Jennifer Weems, who had been representing Varner but recently withdrew from the case.
“I believe all of that has been forwarded to Mr. Johnston,” Hammond said. “There were some cellphones taken and examined and it’s been determined there was no evidentiary value relevant to this case on them.”
Johnston acknowledged that he had received the written reports and digital evidence.
“I’ve read through all the reports, but there are quite a few disks of interviews I’m still working through,” Johnston said.
Hammond requested that Howell set the trial in January because investigators needed to testify had already planned to take vacation during the judge’s December trial docket. Johnston said he felt he could meet that deadline.
“We’ll also discuss ways to resolve this case before the end of the year,” Johnston said referring to prosecutors. After the hearing, Johnston said prosecutors had offered no plea deals as of Tuesday morning.
Should the case continue to trial, it is tentatively set for Jan. 22, Howell said.