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CROWN POINT — A Lake Criminal Court judge on Thursday set a September trial date for a Gary man accused of shooting a pregnant woman and her boyfriend in 2017.

Jarod Johnson, 22, was scheduled to stand trial on the charges April 15 but has sought several continuances since allegations surfaced that morning that he, his brother and mother kidnapped a relative of a witness in the 2017 case, shot her and left her for dead in Gary.

Johnson, his brother Jaron Johnson, 20; and mother Patricia Carrington, 46, were charged in April in U.S. District Court with kidnapping. They are being held without bond in the federal case.

No arraignment date has been set yet in federal court, records show.

Jarod Johnson also still faces trial on attempted murder charges in the 2017 shooting.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez said he granted Johnson's previous requests to continue his trial because attorneys wanted to wait and see what would happen in the new case.

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"I know there's a lot of moving parts involving you, Johnson," Vasquez said. "We need to move forward." 

After a discussion at the bench with defense attorney Mark Gruenhagen and Deputy Prosecutors David Rooda and Michelle Jatkiewicz, Vasquez set Johnson's pretrial hearing for Aug. 20.

The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 30.

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