Trial date delayed in slaying of store clerk

2013-07-03T17:20:00Z 2013-07-03T22:10:22Z Trial date delayed in slaying of store clerkTimes Staff
July 03, 2013 5:20 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | A trial has been delayed indefinitely for a Merrillville man accused in the fatal shooting of a Lucky Mart Foods clerk.

Jeremy Blue, 22, was scheduled to face trial Monday, but the trial date was vacated after prosecutors and the defense agreed last week to delay it. Further proceedings have been set for July 12.

Judi Simpson-Beaver, 48, of Merrillville, was shot to death in March 2012 during an armed robbery at Lucky Mart Foods, 5695 Cleveland St. She reportedly complied with demands for money during the robbery.

In days following the incident, Blue was arrested and later charged with murder, murder in the perpetration of a robbery and robbery.

Around the time charges were filed against Blue, police said they were searching for two people who were seen fleeing the area with him following the robbery and shooting.

Donvell Edwards, 22, of Merrillville, was charged in March this year with murder, murder in the perpetration of a robbery and robbery in connection with the case.

Edwards is scheduled to appear in court Monday for an omnibus hearing.

A third man who received immunity in the case, Edward Lee Perry, told police he, Edwards and Blue were together when Edwards talked about robbing the Lucky Mart in the past, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Edwards said there would be money and a safe on the floor, the affidavit states.

Edwards allegedly asked to borrow Perry's gun, to which he agreed.

Perry told police Edwards was wearing a white "Jason mask" with black straps before leaving Gary for Merrillville, according to the affidavit.

Blue allegedly drove Perry and Edwards to an apartment building near the store. Edwards gave the gun to Blue, who put on the Jason mask and a zip-up hoodie, the affidavit states.

Blue later came back to the car from the direction of the store with two black cash registers, according to the affidavit.

Blue got in the back seat of the car, saying, "I shot her," court records state.

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