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Judge stalls ruling on murder trial

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A 3rd District judge is holding off on ruling whether a man charged with capital murder will be bound over for trial.

During a hearing Friday, Judge Sheila McCleve said she needed to review some new case law provided by the prosecution before she can reach a decision regarding 27-year-old Marcus Crocker, who is charged in connection with the 2001 shooting of 24-year-old University of Utah linguistics student Kang Ho Lee during an armed robbery at the Sunshine Market.

Co-defendants in the case are Melissa Christina Caputo, 29; Melissa Angela Chacon, 32; and Julian Treyvail Hayden, 26. All have been charged with first-degree felony murder and other charges.

Already the court has reviewed two days' worth of testimony and evidence in the case, including surveillance video of an individual entering the store, demanding money and shooting Lee in the chest after Lee handed over the money and had his hands in the air.

Crocker's attorneys claim there is no evidence linking him to the crime, except conflicting testimony from co-defendants.

During Friday's hearing, McCleve said she was prepared to rule whether Crocker would be bound over for trial but said she needed more time to examine case law submitted by prosecutors. The hearing has been continued until April 19.