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Saleh’s Market homicide suspect goes to trial Monday

A man charged with two counts of murder will go to trial Monday in Circuit Court.
Posted on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 7, 2013 at 1:14 p.m.

GOSHEN — One of two men arrested in connection with a double homicide southeast of downtown Elkhart will go to trial Monday, Dec. 9.

Richard Gross, 22, of Elkhart, was charged with two counts of murder. He is accused of shooting Jagtar Bhatti, 55, and Pawan Singh, 20, Sept. 5 at Saleh’s Market, a convenience store at 401 Middlebury St.

Gross was arrested Sept. 13, a week after the homicide, and during his initial hearing he requested a speedy trial.

When a defendant requests a speedy trial, the court must schedule one within 70 days from when the charges are filed.

Gross’ attorney, Matthew Johnson, said during a trial status hearing Nov. 21 that his client was ready to go to trial. Gross’ trial was originally scheduled for Nov. 4, but Johnson asked for the trial to be rescheduled because he still needed time to complete work on the case.

Kevin Moore, Gross’ co-defendant, was also charged with two counts of murder. Moore was arrested hours after the incident at Saleh’s Market, and remains at the Elkhart County Jail. His trial has been scheduled for Feb. 3, 2014.

Little is known about the homicide investigation because it remains active. The probable cause affidavits filed for Gross’ and Moore’s arrests remain sealed to the public. But the trial might reveal more details about the homicide that caused outrage in the neighborhood where the convenience store is located, where Bhatti and Singh were well-known and respected.

Gross’ trial starts at 8:30 a.m. with jury selection.


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