Anaconda, Mont. -

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County prosecutors do not intend to seek the death penalty against a 38-year-old Washington state man charged with killing his 3-year-old son near Anaconda in July.

The Montana Standard reports the trial for Jeremy Brent Cramer of Lacey, Wash., has been set to start on April 7, 2014. He would face up to life in prison if convicted of mitigated deliberate homicide in the death of his son, Broderick.

Cramer pleaded not guilty in August to beating and stabbing his son, possibly while under the influence of a prescription stimulant. He remains jailed on $250,000 bond.

Employees at an Anaconda convenience store called police after seeing Cramer trying to wash blood from his clothing in the restroom. The boy's body was found near Cramer's abandoned truck.