Crime

Mom, boyfriend set to stand trial in boy’s death

Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies said Alexander Marr, 4, died April 12, 2015 at his home in the 700 block of 59th Avenue West in Bradenton from “unexplained injuries.”
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies said Alexander Marr, 4, died April 12, 2015 at his home in the 700 block of 59th Avenue West in Bradenton from “unexplained injuries.” acastillo@bradenton.com

Alexander Marr’s mother and her boyfriend will stand trial in October for the 4-year-old boy’s death.

At about noon April 12, 2015, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a duplex in the 700 block of 59th Avenue Terrace West, where Alexander lived with his mother Dianna Marr and her live-in boyfriend Trevor Cardarelle. Alexander was pronounced dead at the home.

Alexander’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy found he suffered traumatic injuries to his head and torso.

Marr, 33, and Cardarelle, 27, are charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child by culpable negligence. Cardarelle faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violation of probation.

Marr is out of jail on $15,000 bond.

Cardarelle has been held without bond in the Manatee County jail since his April 12, 2015, arrest on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, a violation of his probation for a grand theft conviction.

Marr and Cardarelle had been scheduled to stand trial during the two-week trial period starting May 31, but Circuit Judge Hunter Carroll approved a delay because attorneys had just received additional evidence — a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and six CDs containing information retrieved from the defendants’ cell phones — about a week before.

On Wednesday morning, Carroll scheduled Marr and Cardarelle to each stand trial separately during the two-week trial period beginning Oct. 10.

Carroll had hoped to schedule the case sooner, but thought it unfair to Marr since her attorney was leaving the Office of Regional Counsel and she would need a new attorney. Marr began to sob softly as she replied no when Carroll asked her if she’d rather have her trial in August instead of waiting until October.

“Unless there is something that is absolutely a good cause, this case will not be continued again,” Carroll said. “This one is going to be a high priority and we are going to figure out how to get it tried in the October trial period.”

Jessica De Leon: 941-745-7049, @JDeLeon1012

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