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CROWN POINT — A murder trial scheduled to begin next week for Marcellus D. Robinson, a 23-year-old man charged with fatally shooting a woman in November 2015, was continued Thursday.

Judge Diane Boswell said at a court hearing Thursday defense attorney Scott King filed a motion to continue the jury trial due to a medical emergency.

Boswell granted the motion and scheduled a status hearing for June 13. Deputy Prosecutor Maureen Koonce said Thursday was the final day Robinson would be able to accept a plea agreement offered by the state. She did not detail the terms of the plea agreement, but extended the final date to accept the offer until June 13.

King did not attend the hearing. He confirmed Thursday afternoon he was attending to a family emergency.

Robinson was scheduled to stand trial Monday for murder in the shooting of Mynisha S. Brown, 24, around midnight Nov. 29, 2015, near 19th Avenue and Kentucky Street in Gary.

The state has continued its prosecution of Robinson despite the fatal shooting in April of state witness Pamela Hunter, who was expected to testify against Robinson at trial.

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Hunter, 28, was killed and her 8-year-old daughter was wounded in a shooting during the early morning hours April 17 in the 1400 block of East 35th Place in Gary. Hunter's defense attorney, Jamise Perkins, said after the shooting she believed Hunter was murdered because she was a witness in the Robinson case.

The state filed a motion May 17 requesting Boswell admit a transcript of Hunter's prior testimony regarding the murder at Robinson's trial.

King objected to the state's motion, but Boswell granted the request Tuesday, court records state.

Robinson's sister, 21-year-old Tyiana C. Robinson, was scheduled to stand trial with her brother for her alleged role in Brown's murder, but the state filed a motion after Hunter's death requesting the siblings stand trial separately.

Boswell granted that request May 17.

Tyiana C. Robinson is scheduled to appear at a pretrial conference July 10. Her jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 6.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.