Elkhart man charged with murder appears in court

An Elkhart man charged with murder appeared in court for his initial hearing.
Posted on Sept. 17, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 17, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.

GOSHEN — An Elkhart man arrested and charged with murder appeared in Elkhart’s Circuit Court for his initial hearing Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 17.

Richard Gross, 22, has been charged with two counts of murder. The charge of murder, a felony, carries a sentence of 45 to 65 years in prison.

In his initial hearing, Gross told the court his family was in the process of hiring an attorney.

Gross also requested a speedy trial. Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker scheduled the trial date Oct. 21, with a pretrial conference Sept. 26.

Gross was arrested Friday evening, Sept. 13, on the 26000 block of Leland Road.

Gross is the second person arrested in a police investigation following a shooting in which two men died Sept. 5 at Saleh’s Market, 401 Middlebury St.

Two victims — Jagtar Bhatti, 55, and Pawan Singh, 20 — were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting. The Elkhart County coroner determined both men died of a single gunshot wound.

Kevin Moore, 28, of Elkhart, was arrested a day later at the Elkhart police station.

Moore has been charged with two counts of murder. In a hearing Thursday, judge Terry Shewmaker appointed him an attorney from the public defender’s office.

Following procedure, police filed probable cause affidavits for the arrests of Gross and Moore. However, those files remain sealed to the public because the investigation continues.

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