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Police arrest second suspect in Elkhart double homicide

Two men have been arrested as police continue to investigate a double homicide southeast of downtown Elkhart.


Posted on Sepa. 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sepp. 16, 2013 at 1:48 p.m.

ELKHART — Police have arrested two people as suspects, but they continue to investigate a double homicide that happened just east of downtown Elkhart.

The Elkhart Police Department are still looking into the shooting that happened Sept. 5 at Saleh’s Market, 401 Middlebury St., in which two workers were killed.

Jagtar Bhatti, 55, and Pawan Singh, 20 were pronounced dead at the scene. The county coroner ruled both deaths homicides and determined both men died of a single gunshot wound.

So far, police have arrested two men. Richard Carl Gross, 22, of Elkhart, was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder Friday, Sept. 13, at about 8:30 p.m. in the 26000 block of Leland Road.

A week prior to Gross’s arrest and hours after the fatal shooting, police arrested Kevin Moore, 28, of Elkhart. Moore has been charged with two counts of murder.

During his initial hearing, Moore was appointed an attorney from the public defender’s office. His trial was scheduled Feb. 3, 2014.

Following Moore’s arrest, police filed a probable cause affidavit for his arrest, but the prosecutor’s office requested the file be sealed because of the ongoing investigation.

It is possible that the file will not be unsealed yet because the investigation continues, said Ed Windbigler, chief investigator at the Elkhart County prosecutor’s office.

Capt. Kris Seymore, head of the criminal investigations division in the police department, said a probable cause affidavit may remain sealed if police still need to obtain more information. In these cases sometimes police are looking for other suspects or other evidence in the case, he said.

In a press release sent out shortly after the shooting, police said they were looking for two or more suspects.

Charges have not yet been filed against Gross. The state has up to 72 hours to file formal charges after an arrest is made without a warrant.



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