JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The case against a former church counselor accused of murdering and dismembering a teenage boy was back in a Duval County courtroom Monday morning.
In court, a hearing was set on a motion to suppress key evidence in the case. That hearing will be held Thursday.
If there is time, a William's Rule Hearing will take place.
Ronnie Hyde is notorious as the suspect in the 1994 murder of a 16-year-old boy. In 2017, Hyde was also charged with more than a dozen counts of child pornography. His lawyers have asked that claims of molestation also filed against him be thrown out.
Hyde has pleaded not guilty. He will appear in Duval County court at 9 a.m.
Evidence revealed in January showed how Hyde may have groomed his alleged victims, according to prosecutors.
In court documents obtained Jan. 2, prosecutors said there was a pattern in how Hyde groomed young teens.
Court documents said each boy was 16 years old or younger, and he met them all at Strength for Living Church. At least two of them came from troubled homes.
Documents also show Hyde bought gifts for the young boys and took them on trips. Prosecutors are fighting to make sure jurors hear this information.
The defense is fighting to have it thrown out.
Hyde has not been charged in any other case.