Magistrate grants delay in SW Indiana murder trial


A southwestern Indiana magistrate has granted a request by a prosecutor to delay the trial of a teenager accused of killing a homeless man.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Vanderburgh County Circuit Court Magistrate Kelli Fink granted the request Thursday even though an attorney for William Hurt argued prosecutors are delaying for time to look for more evidence. Prosecutors said they need more time to examine cell phones and test for DNA evidence.

The 18-year-old Hurt is charged with murder and robbery in the beating and strangling death of 54-year-old Marcus Golike in June. Hurt was arrested in June after police said he confessed that he, along with several other teenagers, were involved.

The trial, scheduled to start next week, has been delayed until February 19.

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