Still no murder trial date for foster father
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. -- It has been more than two years since a St. Lucie County foster father, Michael Beer, was arrested for the murder of his two-year-old foster son, Trystan Adams.
Trystan's grandmother, Elizabeth Taccetta, says there is still no trial date and she is getting impatient.
"I don't think I can take it that much longer," Taccetta said.
State prosecutors say unfortunately, some cases take longer than others to prepare for trial.
Taccetta says the only thing that has progressed, in her opinion, is improving the lives of Trystan's siblings who were also in foster care.
After Trystan's death, she no longer felt they were safe.
Taccetta says her daughter lost custody of the children in 2013.
Since then, Taccetta has been trying to gain custody of the children. She says in September, she was granted temporary custody.
She wishes that could have happened faster, thinking it would have saved Trystan.
"I wanted all three of them back home," Taccetta said. "God had plans for my grandson. He was here for better things. That's the only way I make peace for myself."
Investigators say Trystan died as a result of blunt force trauma in September of 2014. He had lacerations to his liver.
His foster father, Michael Beer, was arrested and charged with his murder.
"I think it's time that he should be in prison. Not sitting in jail," Taccetta said.
Taccetta says the defense team is still building their case more than two years after the alleged crime.
Beer's lawyer did not return a request for comment Friday.
"I just hope that once it get started it's like one, two, three. Not a long drawn out process," Taccetta said.
Beer is scheduled for a court hearing later in November.
Taccetta is hopeful the possibility of setting a trial date could be discussed.
The State Attorney's office could not say whether that was realistic.
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