LINN COUNTY, Mo.—A new judge takes over the proceedings in a case against a Brookfield couple.

As of Oct.21 Honorable Andrea Vandeloecht hears the case of Darrel and Nancy Royal after Judge Scott Othic recused himself. The Royals face multiple felony charges including second-degree murder and child neglect. Records state charges stem from the death of an 11-year-old boy in their care.