The trial of the Bristol man charged with killing a tattoo shop owner was rescheduled Thursday in Elkhart Circuit Court.
Todd A. Stewart, 36, was due to stand trial Jan. 6. He appeared in court Thursday with public defender Cliff Williams, who asked for a continuance. Judge Terry Shewmaker set a new trial date of March 3, with April 7 as an alternate.
Stewart is accused of murdering his business partner, Mark A. Miller, 44, Elkhart, in September 2012.
Miller’s body was found in a barrel near the Six Span Bridge in Elkhart on Sept. 20. Prosecutors say Miller had been shot to death before his body was placed in the barrel.
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill has stated that a “business associate” of the two men reported seeing Stewart shoot Miller behind the tattoo shop they owned along U.S. 33 in Dunlap. The witness then reportedly helped load Miller’s body into a barrel in the back of Stewart’s pickup truck.
Miller’s disappearance was reported by his sister, Dawn Miller, to Elkhart County police Sept. 10 of last year.
Several people were injured in recent crashes responded to by Elkhart County police:
• Five people were injured in a two-vehicle crash east of Elkhart Friday night.
The collision occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of C.R.s 14 and 17. Police said a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Payton D. Yoder, 16, Bristol, collided with a 2005 Ford Explorer driven by Jerred Stone, 36, Elkhart.
Yoder suffered head and neck pain as a result of the crash, and three passengers in the vehicle he was driving were also hurt. Rodney Yoder, 46, Bristol, suffered right leg and shoulder injuries, Raiden Yoder, 7, Bristol, suffered forehead pain, and Ashia Yoder, 5, Bristol, suffered head, neck and leg pain.
A passenger in the Ford Explorer, Courtney Lovett, 26, Elkhart, suffered leg pain.