A fall trial looms in the wrongful death lawsuit involving a former Pekin football star whose doctor committed suicide shortly after his patient died of internal bleeding.

The case involving the death of Troy Edwards, 35, of Pekin, has seen six judges assigned and removed from it for various reasons since it was filed nearly two years ago in Tazewell County Circuit Court. 

Bruce Pfaff, the Chicago attorney for Edwards’ estate, said Friday he’s optimistic the seventh, Associate Judge Frank Ierulli, will soon set a trial date in November or December after “the first substantial hearing” in the case since last August took place Thursday.

Edwards died in April 2016, a day after Dr. Dwayne McQuitty performed surgery to remove a kidney. 

The suit alleges that McQuitty ignored post-operative tests showing internal bleeding and other physicians’ advice for surgery to stem it. McQuitty took his own life 12 days after Edwards’ death.

Defendants with McQuitty’s estate include UnityPoint Health — Pekin, where he performed the surgery, and Pekin ProHealth Inc., with which McQuitty was affiliated.

Edwards was a star quarterback at Pekin Community High School and later played for the former Peoria Pirates professional arena football team.