The first of four defendants in a murder case that made national headlines in September is set for a Jan. 25 trial.

James T. Grigsby, 25, of Thayer, is charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution. Grigsby, who earlier entered a not guilty plea, is held without bond in the Texas County Jail.

The trial date was set during an appearance Tuesday in Texas County Circuit Court.

Grigsby is among four persons charged in the death of Joseph M. Steinfeld, 17, who went by “Ally” and planned to transition to a female, according to family members. The case has drawn national attention.

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