TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson man accused of starving his child to death more than five years ago will face a jury after all.
Martin Barreras was in court Friday, April 26, for a plea hearing.
He rejected the offer on a first-degree murder charge and his trial is set for Aug. 6.
Barreras' wife Raquel Barreras is currently on trial for murder. Her trial began April 16, took a break this week and will resume Monday, April 29.
The Barreras were arrested in 2014 after their son Roman was found dead inside a plastic toy chest.
Investigators said the Barreras moved out of a rental home near West Irvington Road and South 12th Avenue and left Roman's body behind.
While Roman's body was found in March, authorities have said the home was vacant for a while.
If Martin Barreras had taken the plea deal, he would have received a 25-year sentence. Now, he faces 45 year to life in prison.