A judge has postponed a trial for a defendant accused of murder in a series of Modesto-area store robberies about eight years ago.
Edward Deandre Mitchell, 26, is accused of shooting to death Balbir Boyal, who owned BK Liquors at 150 Riverside Drive in east Modesto. The crime occurred June 7, 2006.
Mitchell also faces five felony counts of robbery and one felony count of attempted robbery in connection with a string of convenience store robberies in the spring and summer of 2006.
If convicted as charged, Mitchell will face the death penalty. The defendant’s trial was scheduled to start April 15, but his attorney, Ramon Magaña, died last month after a sudden illness.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Marie Silveira has rescheduled Mitchell’s trial to start Sept. 15. The defendant, who remains in custody, is scheduled to return to court April 9 for a pretrial hearing.