The trial of a man charged in a drive-by shooting death was postponed Friday for four months to give the defense more time to prepare for the trial.
The trial of Cortez Tyrell Timley, 27, had been scheduled to start on March 20. It now will begin on July 31 before Shawnee County District Court Judge Richard Anderson.
Timley is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jermel Ramond Robbins Sr., 26, at about 2:36 p.m. on June 13, 2014.
Timley also will appear at a pre-trial hearing on June 6, where motions and other issues will be dealt with.
During the brief hearing Friday, Timley waived his right to a speedy trial.
According to testimony Nov. 3 during Timley’s preliminary hearing in the Robbins slaying, a dark gray Dodge Magnum with tinted windows was driving in the 2100 block of S.E. Kentucky, stopped at a curb, and a passenger started firing a small pistol at Robbins.
Shawnee County Coroner Charles Glenn testified Robbins bled to death internally after a bullet struck him in the middle of the back, hitting his aorta, the major artery. The bullet also cut his spinal cord and struck his liver, Glenn said. A second bullet caused a flesh wound in Robbins’ right calf.
Robbins’ name surfaced as the third man tied to the death of the bride during the trials of Thomas Earl Brown Jr., 39, and Awnterio Lowery, 32. Brown and Lowery were convicted of murder in the slaying of Tiffany Davenport-Ray.
Davenport-Ray was shot to death on May 25, 2014, as she rode in a car driven by her husband on S. Kansas Avenue between S.W. 17th and 19th streets.
Shots were fired at Davenport-Ray and her husband by the occupants of a passing van, according to trial testimony.
Robbins was killed three weeks after the Davenport-Ray shooting death.
Timley also is charged with the shooting death more than four years ago of Geovani Plakio, 19. In that case, Timley is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on March 30.
In that slaying, Timley is charged with first-degree murder in Plakio’s death in 2012; attempted first-degree murder in which the victim was Pattrick J. Towner; and attempted first-degree murder in which the victim was Dominique Lee Boyles.
Co-defendant Deijaun Donte Leammdre Lamb, 24, appeared earlier this week at a preliminary hearing focusing on the Plakio slaying. The conclusion of the Lamb preliminary hearing will be on March 24.
Lamb is charged with first-degree murder in the Plakio killing and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
About noon on Nov. 8, 2012, Plakio was shot in the head while a passenger in a car moving in the area of S.E. 7th and Locust. He was transported in a car with multiple bullet holes in it to a parking lot behind the Timberlee Apartments, 342 S.E. Lime.
At that location, Plakio was pulled from the damaged car, placed in another vehicle and driven to the Law Enforcement Center, where officers stopped it. Plakio then was transferred to an ambulance to be driven to a hospital with wounds considered to be life-threatening.
Plakio died two days later.
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