Jay Finch replaces David Clinger who recused himself in June for family medical reasons, according to a report. Circuit Judge Kent Crow was originally appointed the case but stepped down since the suspect and his girlfriend were his former tenants.
Acuna-Sanchez is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault, as well as violating a no-contact order. He has plead not guilty to all charges.
The next hearings for Acuna-Sanchez were scheduled for July 29 and 30 but have been postponed to give Judge Finch additional time to review the case. Those hearings have yet to be rescheduled.