Retired Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Bowman has been appointed to preside over the case of a Norwalk man accused of shaking his girlfriend's infant son to death.
Jeffrey A. Resor, 26, of 3 Jonathon Lane Drive, has been unable to post a $1 million bond since April 12 on one count each of murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. If convicted of all three charges, he could face 23 years to life in prison. Resor's trial is scheduled for June 26.
Bowman was assigned to the case to avoid a conflict of interest because Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway was the Norwalk law director when Resor's case went through Norwalk Municipal Court.
Prosecutors have accused Resor of shaking 10-month-old Donavan Lykins to death while baby-sitting Feb. 24 for his girlfriend at the time, whom he started dating in December. Donavan died at Akron Children's Hospital of injuries believed to be associated with shaken baby syndrome.