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MONROE COUNTY, Mo.- A Columbia man charged with murder in Monroe County now has a trial date that’s been set for October of 2017.

On Wednesday, Jason Lage, 36, appeared in court and waived his arraignment. Lage entered a plea of not guilty to charges of first degree murder, armed criminal action, and tampering with physical evidence.

Charges are in connection with the February 2014 death of Zachary Dawson. Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies found Dawson’s body in his Madison home. Lage was charged with the murder that next Septemeber.

Jessica Munoz, 31, a second person charged in the case, plead guilty in Audrain County in May to charges of involuntary manslaughter and hindering the prosecution of a felony. Munoz is currently serving a seven-year sentence.