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Man charged with murder hearing rescheduled

Two men charged with murder appeared in court for further proceedings.

Posted on Oct. 24, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — An Elkhart man charged with felony murder for his involvement in a double shooting in September may go to trial as early as December after his hearing was rescheduled.

Richard Gross, 23, appeared for his hearing Thursday morning, Oct. 24, at Elkhart Circuit Court.

Gross and Kevin Moore were arrested following a double homicide at Saleh’s Market, 401 Middlebury St. on the morning of Sept. 5. Both men were charged with two counts of felony murder.

The owner of the business, Jagtar Bhatti, 55, and an employee, Pawan Singh, 20, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Gross requested a speedy trial during his initial hearing Sept. 17. When a speedy trial is requested, the court must schedule a trial within 70 days from the date charges are filed. Circuit Court judge Terry Shewmaker scheduled Gross’s trial for Nov. 4.

But Gross’s attorneys told the court Thursday that they had just received a discovery last week, and that they would prefer to have more time to prepare for trial.

Gross agreed to have his trial rescheduled. The judge scheduled the trial for Dec. 9 as a high-priority trial.

Moore, 28, also appeared in court for a hearing. His attorney told the court there were not further proceedings Thursday. Moore’s attorney said he’d schedule a hearing when there were further proceedings.

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