MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man charged with manslaughter in the death of a former child actor who lived in southern Oregon was released from jail Wednesday, and his trial won’t start until at least December.
Daniel Burda, 37, was ordered released from the Jackson County Jail while the Jackson County District Attorney’s office appeals a judge’s ruling. Jackson County Circuit Court filings show the ruling this week dramatically restricts the evidence they’ll be able to present to a jury, The Mail Tribune reported.
Burda faces charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, criminal mistreatment, abuse of a corpse and aggravated identity theft in the death of 76-year-old Dennis W. Day, who was a founding cast member on Walt Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” television series in the 1950s.
Day disappeared in July 2018. In April 2019, Day’s body was found in his home.
Burda had been held in the Jackson County Jail since June 2019 with trips to the Oregon State Hospital to determine his mental fitness to assist in his own defense.
Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia ordered Burda be released with many conditions including GPS monitoring, and to stay away from Day’s former home in Phoenix, Oregon.
On Tuesday, Mejia sided with Burda’s defense lawyer John Hamilton on an order prohibiting prosecutors from giving the jury evidence that included a 911 call Day allegedly made seeking to evict Burda and interrogation recordings involving an Oregon State Police polygraph examiner.