LANCASTER – The man accused of robbing and killing a computer store owner and the woman accused of driving the getaway car both appeared in court Tuesday for a scheduled arraignment hearing.
But neither Timothy Johnson nor Jinea Ingram entered a plea Tuesday.
Instead, the case was postponed until June 4 for arraignment and plea. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven Ogden said the preliminary hearing is supposed to take place within 10 court days of June 4.
However, Ogden said, given the nature of the case, the preliminary hearing will likely be postponed as well.
“I will anticipate it will be some time after that date,” Judge Ogden said.
Johnson, 23, is facing one count of murder, two counts of armed robbery, and one count of torture, while Ingram, 24, is facing one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery. Both are special circumstances cases, according to court records.
Authorities allege that around 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012, Johnson entered the e-Chaps Computer Store on the corner of Avenue K and 20th Street West with the intent to rob the business.
Johnson is accused of shooting store owner Reed Keith multiple times before making off with several electronic devices and Keith’s wallet. The items were later recovered from Johnson’s mother’s home.
Authorities believe Johnson’s girlfriend, Jinea Ingram, drove the getaway car.
Johnson was arrested on March 24 in South Los Angeles after an extensive manhunt. Ingram was arrested on March 27.
At Tuesday’s court hearing, Johnson was represented by Deputy Public Defender Robert Wilder, and Ingram was represented by Alternate Public Defender Patti Choi. Both attorneys were given transcripts of the case so far with the admonishment to retain the transcripts in their file. Johnson and Ingram are being tried together, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Judge Ogden also terminated an unrelated Petty Theft charge against Ingram. Ingram and Johnson were ordered to appear in court on Monday, June 4 for arraignment and plea and then remanded back into custody without bail.
Several of Johnson’s family members were in the courtroom, but said they had been advised not to make any comments to the media at this time.
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