A Thayer man will stand trial this summer in Texas County in connection with the brutal September 2017 murder of a Houston teenager.

James Grigsby, 25, is charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence following the death of Joseph Steinfeld, 17, who family members said went by “Ally” and planned to transition to female. Grigsby was one of four persons charged in the crime after burnt remains were found northeast of Cabool.

The trial is set to begin July 26 and is expected to last two days. A pre-trial meeting is planned for July 3.

Steinfeld’s remains were found at the residence of Briana Calderas, 25, who is awaiting trial with Andrew Vrba, 19, of Houston. Both are charged with first-degree murder. The death penalty will be sought in the Vrba case, Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. decided earlier.

Late last year, Isis Schauer, 18, entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse. She received a 20-year sentence.

The case received nationwide attention after the victim’s family said Steinfeld was transgender.

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