The murder case of Kelly Hunnewell, a 33-year-old Columbia mother of four school-age children who was shot to death in 2013, has been delayed for two weeks.
The trial was to start Monday at the Richland County courthouse.
The case of Hunnewell, who was making bagels for a downtown eatery on July 1 when she was gunned down in an alleged robbery, became highly publicized after The State revealed the two teens charged in her death already were out on bond for violent crimes.
Trenton Barnes and Lorenzo Young are facing murder charges in her death.
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A third man charged in the murder, Troy Stevenson, will be tried at a later date. He is expected to be a government witness in the trial against Barnes and Young.
Their joint trial was to have begun Monday, but Judge Robert Hood delayed the start for two weeks while lawyers for prosecution and defense hash out various legal issues.
Hunnewell was the only employee working in the small building at 13 Tommy Circle, off Beltline Boulevard near Covenant Road, when she was shot. The building contained an off-site bakery for Carolina Cafe, a popular bagel shop on Pendleton Street near USC’s Horseshoe and the State House.
When three would-be robbers entered her kitchen around 3 a.m., Hunnewell, who was alone, resisted. She was shot multiple times, police later said. The robbers, who police said had found the bar next door closed, attacked Hunnewell instead.
A juvenile was arrested with Barnes and Young. The juvenile is expected to be a witness for the state.