A new jury trial date has been set for two people connected to a 2017 hammer slaying of a relative in Suisun City.
Amarjit Singh, 66, and Surjit Kaur, 71, were scheduled to appear Friday in Department 15 for a trial readiness conference, but court records show that Judge Robert Bowers has vacated a previously scheduled Nov. 10 trial to 9 a.m.Feb. 9 in the Justice Center in Fairfield.
Singh and Kaur face some newly scheduled pretrial proceedings: a trial readiness conference and further proceedings at 9 a.m. Nov. 10; an unspecified hearing and another trial readiness conference at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13; a trial management conference at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 4, followed by the trial five days later.
The latest court dates come after Kaur’s defense attorney, Leslie Prince, asked Judge John B. Ellis during a late January 2020 proceeding in the Hall of Justice in Fairfield to consider a motion to dismiss all — or parts of — a June 2019 Solano County grand jury indictment of her client.
Ellis denied Prince’s motion, saying the co-defendants “came away with blood on them and made incriminating statements” to investigators after their alleged crime.
Deputy Public Defender Max Fuentes represents Singh.
Singh and Kaur, who rely on a Punjabi translator to understand court proceedings, face first-degree murder charges in connection to the death of Singh’s daughter-in-law, Shameena Bibi, 29, whom investigators believe was fatally bludgeoned with a hammer inside the attached garage of a Suisun City home.
The grand jury indictment also resulted in naming a third suspect in the case, Megh Singh Chouhan, 31, who was charged with being an accessory after the fact, but his case was dismissed on Jan. 8, 2020, according to court records and Deputy District Attorney Bill Ainsworth, who is prosecuting the case.
After the grand jury indictment, Singh was arraigned for the second time in the case and entered a not-guilty plea to a new first-degree murder charge.
In an earlier interview with The Reporter, Fuentes said Singh’s original murder charge was dismissed so his client would not be charged with the same offense in two separate cases. The newly filed charge in June 2019 was based on the same evidence, he said.
Shortly after being questioned extensively about the crime, Singh confessed, according to Suisun City police records. However, Fuentes, at a subsequent proceeding heard by Ellis, successfully argued to suppress the confession.
Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams last year announced the indictment of Singh, Kaur, and Chouhan.
The court set a $2 million bail bond for both Singh and Kaur, who remain in Solano County Jail.
The Suisun City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment
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