CROWN POINT — Marcellus D. Robinson and Tyiana C. Robinson, a brother and sister charged with murder in the shooting death of a Gary woman in November 2015, will stand trial together in February.
They are both charged with murder, five felony 1 counts of attempted murder, battery and six counts of attempted battery.
Mynisha S. Brown, 24, was shot several times late on Nov. 28, 2015, while inside her vehicle, and later died at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary, according to court records. Brown’s sister was wounded behind her left ear, those documents state.
According to court documents, Brown was with her sister near the intersection of 19th Avenue and Kentucky Street in Gary that night because her sister had arranged to fight a younger sister of Marcellus and Tyiana Robinson. The dispute between the women, which had been raging all day, was over the man who fathered their children.
On Thursday, Scott King, the defense attorney for both siblings, requested that the cases be joined at one jury trial.
“We’ve been in extensive dialogue with the prosecution,” King told Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell. “While they are separate causes, if we’re going to join the trials, we need to set a date.”
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Judith Massa agreed a single trial was appropriate, and Boswell set the jury trial for the brother and sister to begin Feb. 12, 2018. The pretrial conference is slated for Jan. 10.
Marcellus and Tyiana Robinson will be back in Boswell’s court on Nov. 9 for a status hearing.
The siblings have been held without bond in the Lake County Jail since their arrests.
Marcellus Robinson, 23, was arrested on March 30, 2016. Tyiana Robinson, 20, was taken into custody Aug. 8, 2016.