WATERLOO — A judge suspended the murder trial of Chad Allen Little until today after his defense lawyers say Little had severe flu-like symptoms.
Little walked into the courtroom Wednesday morning holding his stomach, and defense attorney Chris Welch told Judge Joel Dalrymple that Little had been vomiting and was lethargic.
“I don’t know that he can proceed,” Welch said.
Defense attorney Thomas Gaul also asked if the judge could order Little be seen by the jail doctor.
Dalrymple ordered the trial delayed until Wednesday afternoon and later suspended it until today. He also directed jail staff to make sure Little was seen by medical staff and confined to bed.
Little, 35, of Waterloo, is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing the death of his girlfriend’s daughter, Gracie Buss, 4.
He has pleaded not guilty.
The girl’s mother, Kristi Buss, is charged with child endangerment causing death and will have a separate trial.
Little and Buss were arrested in October 2016.
Prosecutors allege Little injured Gracie Buss at her Downing Court apartment on May 30, 2015.
She died days later, on June 3, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. An autopsy found blunt trauma to the head.
Buss allegedly told authorities that Gracie became injured when she fell down the stairs.
Chad Allen Little, center, leaves the courtroom on Tuesday after being sentenced to life in prison for the death of 4-year-old Gracie Buss in 2015.
Waterloo police who investigated the death of Gracie Buss stand in the back row of the courtroom awaiting the verdict in the state’s case against Chad Allen Little on Tuesday.
Chad Little, center, talks with defense attorneys Thomas Gaul and Chris Welch in the courtroom before the verdict on Tuesday.
Sheriff’s deputies handcuff Chad Allen Little after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Gracie Buss on May 7.
Deputies lead Chad Allen Little, center, from the courtroom on Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of killing 4-year-old Gracie Buss.
Chad Allen Little reacts Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of killing 4-year-old Gracie Buss.
Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams plays a video of Chad Allen Little’s interview with police during closing arguments on May 6, 2019.
Chad Allen Little in court on May 6, 2019.
Defense attorney Chris Welch, right, said Chad Allen Little wasn’t responsible for Gracie Buss’ death during closing arguments on May 6, 2019.
Dr. Richard Olson, a pediatric ophthalmologist who examined Gracie at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after she was hospitalized, said the 4 year old had 30 to 100 retinal hemorrhages, which were signs of abusive trauma.
Dr. Amy Gruszecki, a forensic pathologist from Texas, testifies Thursday.
Chad Allen Little during trial Thursday.
Still image from a police station interview room camera shows Chad Allen Little removing a ring before talking with investigators.
Dr. Resmiye Oral testified about the abuse Gracie Buss suffered.
Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams displays a photo of an apology note purportedly written by Chad Allen Little.
Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams shows a photo of a blood-stained pillow during trial for Chad Allen Little on April 29, 2019.
Chad Allen Little during a break in trial April 29, 2019.
Officer Jody Stratton, right, points to blood on a toddler mattress held by Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams during trial for Chad Allen Little on April 29, 2019.
Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams hold a blood-stained pillow during trial for Chad Allen Little on Monday.
Chad Little, 35, of Waterloo, is shown during a break in his first-degree murder trial Friday at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo. Little is on trial for the murder of Gracie Buss, 4, the daughter of his girlfriend, in 2015.
Chad Little, 35, of Waterloo, is shown during a break in his first-degree murder trial Friday.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Dennis Firchau testified Friday that Gracie Buss, 4, of Waterloo, died of head trauma in 2015, but he wasn’t able to determine manner of death. He testified in the first-degree murder trial of Chad Little, the boyfriend of Buss' mother, who is accused in the death of the child.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Dennis Firchau testified Friday that Gracie Buss died of head trauma, but he wasn’t able to determine manner of death. He was testifying in the first-degree murder trial of Chad Little, 35, of Waterloo, accused of killing 4-year-old Gracie Buss in 2015.
Surveillance video from a car wash lobby shows a large ring on Chad Little’s right hand.
Gracie Buss’s paternal grandmother, Della Mosher, on the stand in the trial of Chad Allen Little on April 25, 2019.
Dr. James Poock treated Gracie Buss at the Covenant Medical Center emergency room on May 30, 2015.
Chad Little talks with a defense attorney during his murder trial Thursday in Black HAwk County District Court.
Murder defendant Chad Allen Little, left, is shown during a break in court on Thursday at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo.
Chad Allen Little, 35, of Waterloo, is shown in a Black Hawk County courtroom during a break in his first-degree murder trial Thursday.
Paramedic Kyle Fuller said the injuries he observed on Gracie Buss, 4, weren’t consistent with a fall down the stairs.
Chad Little, right, and defense attorney Thomas Gaul during a court appearance on Sept. 24, 2018.
Chad Little, right, and defense attorney Thomas Gaul during a court appearance Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.
Chad Little makes his initial appearance in court at the Black Hawk County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment Saturday.
Chad Little appears in court Saturday morning.
Chad Little makes his initial appearance in court at the Black Hawk County Jail Saturday on charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment Saturday.
Chad Allen Little