Trial date set in 5-year-old Rhea County boy's 2013 slaying

Matt Rose, right, with the Rhea County Sheriff's Department, walks Bradley Adcox into the Rhea County Courthouse before a preliminary hearing in the death of 5-year-old Landon Robbins.

Bradley Adcox, the man charged in 2013 with beating and forcing a 5-year-old Rhea County boy to drink dish soap and eat cigarette butts before he died, will face a jury in a murder and child abuse trial set for February.

Adcox, 24, will go before a jury Feb. 23, 2016, on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse in the case that has already seen the little boy's 26-year-old mother plead guilty, according to Rhea County Circuit Court officials.

Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Pope said there had been some conversations with Adcox about a plea "but nothing fruitful."

"There's nothing we can offer him, so we've been listening for his offers," Pope said Tuesday. The state has filed notice that prosecutors will seek a sentence of life without parole, he said.

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