A motion for a change of judge was denied for Isis Schauer, 18, of Houston, charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse in a September death in Texas County.
Schauer is among four charged in the death of Joseph Steinfeld, 17, who went by Ally and was transitioning to female, according to relatives.
The motion was denied as the request was not made in a timely manner, according to court records.
Schauer’s attorney, Paul Joseph McMahon, is seeking to withdraw as her counsel. She also has applied for a change of venue. Rulings are expected Dec. 19 before Texas County Circuit Court Judge John Beger, according to court records.
Schauer and co-defendants Andrew Vrba, 18, also of Houston, and Brianna Calderas, 24, Cabool, are charged in Steinfeld’s death. A fourth suspect from Thayer, James Grigsby, 25, is charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.