Trial rescheduled for Elkhart man charged with murder in connection with Gemini's Bar shooting

Cortez Wheeler appeared in Elkhart’s Circuit Court for a trial status conference Thursday, July 3.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.

GOSHEN — A jury trial for a man accused of shooting and killing another man outside an Elkhart bar has been rescheduled.

Cortez Wheeler, 24, appeared in court Thursday, July 3, for a trial status conference. He faces a murder charge and a possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon charge. If convicted, Wheeler could be sentenced to up to 80 years in prison. 

Wheeler was arrested in connection with the Nov. 23, 2012, shooting outside Gemini’s Bar and Grill that left Cordero Williams-El, 25, dead. The two men reportedly pointed a gun at each other outside the bar located at 23845 U.S. 33.

On Thursday, Wheeler’s attorney asked the court for a continuance, adding that he has been working with the prosecuting attorney to resolve the case. The court moved the trial date to Sept. 15 at 8:30 a.m.

Wheeler was brought back to the Elkhart County Jail from the Department of Correction, where he was serving a sentence for a previous conviction. 

Wheeler’s trial next status conference was set for 8:30 a.m., Sept. 4.


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