New trial date set in shooting of Merrillville store clerk

2013-06-06T17:20:00Z 2013-06-07T00:04:04Z New trial date set in shooting of Merrillville store clerkTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 06, 2013 5:20 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | A Merrillville man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Lucky Mart Foods clerk will face trial July 8.

Judi Simpson-Beaver, 48, of Merrillville, was shot to death in March 2012 during an armed robbery at the convenience store at 5695 Cleveland St.

Jeremy Blue, 22, was arrested within days and later charged with murder, as well as murder in the perpetration of a robbery and robbery.

A probable cause affidavit states a man identified as Blue was wearing a hockey-style mask when he entered the convenience store about 1 p.m. on March 4 last year.

Simpson-Beaver complied with Blue's demands for money, but Blue allegedly turned around, walked toward the store counter and fired a shot at Simpson-Beaver.

The affidavit states he went behind the counter and shot the woman again.

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