CROWN POINT — Legal wrangling dominated Wednesday’s pretrial hearing for 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.
Deputy prosecuting attorney Maureen Koonce told Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell that defense attorney Scott King still hasn’t turned over any discovery information to the prosecution despite repeated orders to do so by the court.
“We have no initial discovery. Mr. King said he was going to provide it,” Koonce said. “We are still waiting on documents.”
King responded that during a lengthy hearing to reduce bail for Marcellus Robinson, witnesses seemed unable to positively identify his client as the perpetrator.
Although King requested to return to court for another pretrial conference the week of Jan. 15, no dates were open during that time.
“Jan. 23 is the best we can do,” Boswell said.
She ordered King to provide discovery documents to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office by the end of this week. Boswell also affirmed the jury trial date of Feb. 12.
Marcellus, 23, and Tyiana Robinson, 20, 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 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.
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 court records indicate. The dispute between the women, which had been raging all day, was over the man who fathered their children.
Marcellus Robinson was arrested on March 30, 2016, while Tyiana Robinson was taken into custody Aug. 8, 2016.
The siblings have been held without bond in Lake County Jail since their arrests in 2016.