LANCASTER – A preliminary hearing for the pair charged with robbing and murdering a Lancaster store owner last year was scheduled to happen Monday, but attorneys on both sides agreed to postpone the hearing until February 14.
Timothy Johnson, 24, and Jinea Ingram, 25, pleaded not guilty on Jan. 7 to charges of armed robbery and murder in connection with the death of eChaps Computer Store owner Reed Keith.
Authorities allege that around 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012, Johnson entered Keith’s store on the corner of Avenue J and 20th Street West with the intent to rob the business.
Keith was shot multiple times, and several electronic devices and Keith’s wallet were stolen from the store. The items were later recovered from Johnson’s mother’s home.
Authorities believe Johnson’s girlfriend, Ingram, drove the getaway car.
Johnson was arrested a day after the murder in South Los Angeles, while Ingram was nabbed three days later. Both were charged with the crimes on March 27, 2012.
Criminal proceedings were put on hold for several months as the court decided whether Johnson was mentally competent to stand trial. Johnson was deemed fit for trial in late November, and the case resumed.
Both Johnson and Ingram were at the Antelope Valley courthouse Monday, and they consented to having their preliminary hearing pushed to Feb. 14.
At the conclusion of the hearing, a Superior Court judge will decide whether there is enough evidence against the pair to take the case to trial.
Johnson and Ingram remain jailed without bail.