Trial delayed in Portage murder case

2013-04-01T16:00:00Z 2013-04-01T23:43:54Z Trial delayed in Portage murder caseBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | One of two trials stemming from the Nov. 1 shooting death of a Portage man was postponed Monday at the request of the defense and prosecutors.

Dontaye Singletary, 21, of Gary, was scheduled to go to trial May 6, but that date was vacated and a status hearing was set for May 13 at the request of prosecutor and defense attorney Peter Boyles.

No new trial date was set by Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.

The co-defendant in the case, 42-year-old Sheaurice Major of Portage, also was in court Monday and a status hearing in her case was set for April 8.

Merrillville defense attorney Thomas Vanes said Monday he is waiting for the results of lab work stemming from the case and was unsure about the need to reschedule Major's May 6 trial.

Bradford called on prosecutors to check on the status of the lab work.

Police believe Major hired Singletary to murder 72-year-old Carl Griffith Sr. outside his Portage home.

Griffith was shot three times at about 8 p.m., shortly after coming home from work to the 2700 block of Locust Street, police said. Police would not comment on the motive for the crime.

Singletary and Major each are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The murder charge carries a potential sentence of 45 to 65 years behind bars and the conspiracy count has a maximum prison sentence of 20 to 50 years.

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