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Man charged with murder appointed attorney

Richard Gross was appointed an attorney from the public defender's office.

Posted on Sepa. 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sepp. 26, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

GOSHEN — An Elkhart man charged with murder for his involvement in the double homicide at Saleh’s Market on Sept. 5 appeared in court Thursday, Sept. 26, to give an update on his attorney status.

Richard Gross, 22, told the court that his family could not afford to a pay an attorney to represent him. The court appointed him an attorney from the public defender’s office.

During his initial hearing Sept. 17, Gross requested a speedy trial. Judge Terry Shewmaker had originally scheduled the trial for Oct. 21, but on Thursday he moved the date to Nov. 4.

Gross was arrested Sept. 13, a week after the double shooting at 401 Middlebury St.

Police responded Sept. 5 at about 9:30 a.m. to Saleh’s Market to reports of a shooting. Two men — Jagtar Bhatti, 55, and Pawan Singh, 20 — were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police arrested Kevin Moore a day after the shooting, and he has been charged with two counts of murder.

Moore appeared in court for his initial hearing Sept. 12. He was appointed an attorney from the public defender’s office.

Officers continue to investigate the double homicide. Following the arrests of Moore and Gross, police filed probable cause affidavits for their arrest. The files, however, remain sealed because of the ongoing investigation, said officials.

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