James “Jamie” Lykins, 24, had his first court hearing before Judge Larry Medlock earlier today while members of the Crain family were gathering across town to mourn the death of a toddler he is being accused of beating.’
Medlock entered a not-guilty plea on Lykins behalf.
Lykins next hearing is set for Nov. 14 and a trial date has been set for April 1.
Lykins was arrested Monday afternoon after a warrant was issued based on evidence surrounding the death of eight month old Leelan Craine, who was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.
Leelan was taken to St. Vincent Hospital Saturday evening after being found unconscious. He was later airlifted to Kosair Children’s Hospital. The autopsy showed various levels of bruising and signs of abuse as well as listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.
Lykins is accused of battery resulting in death and neglect of a dependent, both Class A Felonies. Each carry sentences of up to 50 years. The advised sentence of 30 years and $10,000 fine each.
Circuit Court Judge Larry Medlock said Lykins would be represented by a public defender. If the family would be able to hire an attorney, the public defender would withdraw his or her services.